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The Absent One (2014)
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The Absent One (2014)
Original name: Fasandræberne
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany, Sweden
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In 1994 two young twins are found brutally murdered in a summer cottage. A number of clues points in the direction of a group of young upper class students from a nearby boarding school, but the case is closed as a local outsider pleads guilty and is convicted for the murders. When the case ends up on Carls Mørck’s desk 20 years later, he soon realises that something is terribly wrong. As Carl and Assad start investigating the case, they are led on to an old emergency call from a desperate girl who seems to know the secrets of the murders. Soon they are plunged into an intense search for the girl, Kimmie, who has been missing since the murders happened. But Carl and Assad are not the only ones trying to track her down as the girl’s testimonial is of great danger to a group of influential men at the top of society who will do all they can to keep her silent.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, gloomy
Plot: cold case, police investigation, boarding school, murder, partners against crime, mystery, uncover truth, crimes, law enforcement, nudity (full frontal - brief), conspiracy, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, hunting party, teacher student sex, crime, sexual content, abused woman, teenager, school, rape, vengeance, cat, student, party ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: denmark, scandinavia

Most similar movies to The Absent One

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and tense films with plots about crimes, murder, crime, police investigation, deadly, law enforcement and mystery mostly in Crime, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Absent One: The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013), A Conspiracy of Faith (2016), The Purity of Vengeance (2018), Wallander (2005), The Killing (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on the first book in Jussi Adler-Olsen's bestselling thriller series about Department Q THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES tells the story of the two policemen Carl Mørck and Assad who become involved in a five-year-old case concerning a missing ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: missing person, police investigation, police detective, cold case, uncover truth, partners against crime, partners, disappearance, crime, false identity, brother sister relationship, under the surface ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, sweden, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
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A Conspiracy of Faith (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An old note is found in a bottle in Jutland which has travelled across the ocean for a long time. The note is hard to decipher, but when the Danish investigators from Section Q receive it, the odd personalities within the section find a new angle on ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, enigmatic, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: child abduction, cold case, police investigation, police, missing child, letter, depression, religion, brother brother relationship, religious faith, farm, police protagonist ...
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Purity of Vengeance (2018)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In an older apartment in Copenhagen, some craftsmen make a scary discovery: behind a fake wall they find three mummified bodies sitting around a dining table with a free space ready. Carl Mørck and Assad from Department Q now have to find out who ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, melancholic, bleak
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: partners, murder, investigation, danger, medical experiment, undercover, mockery, cold case, abused woman, dealing with the past
Time: 21st century, 1960s, 60s
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson's novel about a male journalist and a young female hacker. In the opening of the movie, Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-aged publisher for the magazine Millennium, loses a libel case brought by corrupt Swedish ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: rape, investigation, sexual abuse, blow job, crime, hacker, journalist, uncover truth, unlikely relationship, peril, amateur detective, suspicion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1966, year 2002, year 1958 ...
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, australia, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Wallander (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Wallander is a Swedish television series adapted from Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels and starring Krister Henriksson in the title role. The 1st series of 13 films was produced in 2005 and 2006, with one taken directly from a novel and ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, police detective, law enforcement, forensics, crime, crimes, mystery, life is a bitch, small town, police, father daughter relationship ...
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Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Killing (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany
Duration: 57 min.
Story: The Killing is a Danish police procedural set in the Copenhagen main police department and revolves around Detective Inspector Sarah Lund and her team, with each season series following a different murder case day-by-day and a one-hour episode ...
Style: tense, psychological, serious, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: mystery, rape, policewoman, police detective, politician, murder, election, uncover truth, crimes, family problems, deadly, suspicion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen, afghanistan, copenhagen denmark
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100 Code (2015)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany
Duration: 60 min.
Story: New York, USA. Stockholm, Sweden. Over the past twelve months young, blonde, blue-eyed women have been found dead in a meadow where Asphodel flowers grow. New York Detective Tommy Conley gets a special dispensation from the NYPD to go observe and ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, partners against crime, serial killer, murder, crimes, law enforcement, father daughter relationship, partners, psychopath, uncover truth, victim ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Crimson Rivers (2000)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two French policemen, one investigating a grisly murder at a remote mountain college, the other working on the desecration of a young girl's grave by skinheads, are brought together by the clues from their respective cases. Soon after they ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, crime, mountain, police investigation, police detective, faked death, corpse, ritual, secret, demon ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, alps, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 663
Rainbow Eyes (2007)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Officers Kyung-yoon CHO and Eun-joo PARK are on the hunt a killer following duo of ghastly murders. The victims carry a common military past, and the secret of their past must be unraveled to find the killer.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, mind bending
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Reckoning (2014)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When a detective is called in to investigate the roadside execution of his partner, he discovers at the crime scene a data card from a video camera. The card contains footage shot by two runaway teenagers who are making a documentary about the drug ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Mystery Woman: Snapshot (2005)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Amateur sleuth Samantha Kinsey's latest case has her trying to figure out who killed her best friend Barbara after she was left out of her family's will and every one of the family members become suspects.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, mind bending, realistic ...
Plot: murder, who done it, crimes, uncover truth, investigation, law enforcement, deadly, legal, estate, dishonesty, amateur detective, private detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.4
 7K
Evidence (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Detectives use clues from various recording devices to piece together events surrounding a massacre involving bus passengers at an abandoned gas station.
Style: tense, suspenseful, scary, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, riddles and clues, survival, investigation, danger, track down, partners against crime, crimes, murder, police detective, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2012
Place: usa, los angeles, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex ...
Style: twists and turns, tense, captivating, serious, suspenseful ...
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Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 4.4
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Genre: Crime, Mystery
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: "At Risk" introduces Win Garano (Sunjata), the rising star of the Massachusetts State Police, when D.A. Monique "Money" Lamont (MacDowell) sends him to Tennessee to investigate a cold case that took place more than 20 years ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: Canada
Duration: 84 min.
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Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Pendulum (2001)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, tense ...
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Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
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A Private Affair (2002)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Divorced private detective Francois Maneri is assigned by his agency to investigate the disappearance of Rachel, a young student who has been missing for six months. After interviewing Rachel's family, friends and classmates, Francois is ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, missing person, neo noir, dishonesty, obsession, mystery, crimes, deadly, murder, search, private detective, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Thorne: Scaredycat (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: D.I. Tom Thorne's latest case puts him on the hunt for not one, but two serial killers, who seem to be working together, yet killing separately.
Style: rough, tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, crimes, murderous pair, serial killer, police detective, fighting crime, law enforcement, deadly, crime, strangulation
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.0
 592
Carambole (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland
Duration: 102 min.
Story: This film is based upon the book with the same name, by Håkan Nesser, one of Swedens most appreciated "crime-authors".
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: hit and run, murder, mystery, life turned upside down, private detective, investigation, uncover truth, crimes, law enforcement, deadly, blackmail, doctor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.6
 977
Third Man Out (2005)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Chad Allen stars as gay detective Donald Strachey in this gritty series of crime stories based on the popular novels by author Richard Stevenson. "The Donald Strachey Mysteries" follow Strachey through upstate New York as he works on ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, sexy ...
Plot: murder, gay couple, investigation, private detective, mysterious character, uncover truth, amateur detective, track down, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york state, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Thesis on a Homicide (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Roberto is a specialist in Criminal Law whose life is thrown into chaos when he becomes convinced that Gonzalo, one of his best students, has committed a brutal murder right in front of the Faculty of Law. Determined to uncover the truth he begins a ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, suspense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, obsession, investigation, crime, teachers and students, crimes, mystery, professor, police, suspicion of murder, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.3
 13K
Insomnia (1997)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Norway
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Detectives Jonas and Erik are called to the midnight sun country of northern Norway to investigate a recent homicide, but their plan to arrest the killer goes awry, and Jonas mistakenly shoots Erik. The suspect escapes, and a frightened Jonas pins ...
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, enigmatic ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, neo noir, insomnia, crimes, crime, murder mystery, police detective, mystery, dishonesty, loss of partner, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 5.9
 659
R.I.F. (2011)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A policeman takes his family on a holiday, and after almost hitting a wild hog, the car won't start. They get hike with a guy scrutinizing his pretty wife. Shortly after, she disappears.
Style: tense, psychological, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, uncover truth, crimes, police investigation, on the run, mystery, chase, police detective, missing wife, graphic violence, crime, who done it ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Borkmann's Point (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Van Veeteren finds retiring from the police force is easier said than done when two decapitated bodies are found in quick succession. The matching MO in the two grisly murders brings the investigation teams of Maardam and Kaalbringen together - a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: crime, partners against crime, crimes, private detective, serial killer, police investigation, mystery, law enforcement, partners, deadly, murder, police procedural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.4
 30K
Hunting Season (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Turkey
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Veteran homicide cop Ferman (Şener Şen) and his hot-headed partner İdris (Cem Yılmaz) team up with rookie cop and anthropology major Hasan (Okan Yalabık) to investigate the murder of a young woman. The suspects include her conservative family, ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: murder, police detective, police investigation, generation gap, who done it, crimes, partners, law enforcement, temperamental, family tradition, rookie, conservative ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder (2005)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Murder is something to sing about when Mystery Woman Samantha Kinsey-an expert in pulp fiction, and increasingly proficient when it comes to real-life crime-untangles a record-breaking murder. Mystery Woman bookshop owner, Samantha Kinsey, has ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, mind bending
Plot: mystery, uncover truth, amateur detective, haunted by the past, police investigation, who done it, crimes, riddles and clues, music band, deadly, dishonesty, private detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.9
 5K
Jar City (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Iceland, Germany, Denmark
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, loss of child, haunted by the past, uncover truth, psychopath, police corruption, track down, deadly, family problems, law enforcement, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: iceland
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Illustrious Corpses (1976)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A detective (inspector Rogas) is assigned to investigate the mysterious murders of some Supreme Court judges. During the investigation he discovers a complot that involves the Italian Communist Party. (IMDb)
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: conspiracy, murder, life is a bitch, crime, crimes, mystery, state affairs, uncover truth, police investigation, law enforcement, political corruption, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.1
 37K
Cleaner (2007)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Single father and former cop Tom Cutler has an unusual occupation: he cleans up death scenes. But when he's called in to sterilize a wealthy suburban residence after a brutal shooting, Cutler is shocked to learn he may have unknowingly erased ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police corruption, crime, crimes, murder, ex law enforcer, murder investigation, ex cop, mystery, protagonist as suspect, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Mulholland Falls (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, investigation, political corruption, police, crimes, mystery, dishonesty, partners against crime, neo noir, fighting crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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