Movies like Nightcrawler

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Nightcrawler (2014)
 7.9
 379K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: psychological, disturbing, realistic, biting, suspense, intense, cynical, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: journalism, sociopath, neo noir, obsession, ambition, journalist, deception, morality, losing-it hero, ethics, cynicism, character study, capitalism, news report, twists & turns, tv news, employer employee relationship, tv station, home invasion, car chase, crime, blind ambition, underground, urban, media satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california

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Most similar movies to Nightcrawler

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out intense, suspense, serious and realistic films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, crimes, crime, twists & turns, corruption and violence mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Nightcrawler: Gone Girl (2014), Drive (2011), Boiler Room (2000), Prisoners (2013), No Country for Old Men (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
 719K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, tense, captivating, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: missing person, police investigation, mystery, missing wife, manipulation, disappearance, investigation, mind game, infidelity, protagonist as suspect, femme fatale, neo noir ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: missouri, usa, st. louis missouri, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.8
 501K
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, stylized, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, tough heroes, lone wolves, neo noir, danger, mechanic, crime, heroes, criminal's revenge, violence, crimes, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 45K
Boiler Room (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A college dropout gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm, which puts him on the fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it sounds.
Style: clever, realistic, serious, cynical, rough ...
Plot: office, crime, stock broker, drugs/alcohol, rise to the top, moral dilemma, parents and children, ambition, crimes, dishonesty, workplace, blind ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 496K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: suspenseful, bleak, psychological, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, police investigation, investigation, disappearance, brutality, revenge, torture, crime, vigilantism, moral ambiguity, maze ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: tense, rough, bleak, serious, suspense ...
Plot: track down, crimes, hitman, psychopath, human nature, peril, shooting, escape, death, violence spree, plan gone awry, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 127K
The Drop (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
Style: tense, clever, serious, captivating, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bar, crime, gangsters, organized crime, robbery, hitman, catholic, church, blackmail, bartender, crimes, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 370K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, murder, uncover truth, victim, paranoia, investigation, journalist, mystery, code, crimes, mind game ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1979 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
One False Move (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Following a series of drug deals and murders, three criminals -- Fantasia, Ray Malcolm and Pluto -- travel from Los Angeles to Houston, finally arriving in a small Arkansas town to go into hiding. Two detectives from the LAPD, who are already on the ...
Style: suspense, realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, small town, neo noir, crime, drug dealing, police investigation, psychopath, crime gone awry, criminal heroes, redemption, criminal, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, los angeles, texas, louisiana, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 7.5
 56K
A Simple Plan (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, France, USA, Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over $4 million in cash is discovered at the remote site of a downed small airplane. Their simple plan to retain ...
Style: bleak, suspense, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: greed, crime gone awry, paranoia, crime, accountant, suspicion, secret, betrayal, siblings relations, sibling relationship, friendship, airplane ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 3K
Chronicles (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico, Ecuador
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A suspense thriller about a reporter from Miami who travels to Ecuador in pursuit of a serial killer known as the "Monster of Babahoyo."
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, psychopath, crime, media, journalism, crimes, deadly, blind ambition, uncover truth, ambition, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ecuador, latin america, florida, new jersey, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
 344K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Style: tense, realistic, rough, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, police brutality, rookie, african american, mentor, russian mafia, drug dealer, gang member, crime, frame up, marijuana, robbery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 205K
End of Watch (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.
Style: sincere, talky, realistic, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, fighting crime, police sergeant, gunfight, crime, danger, arrest, shooting, latinos, gang war, policewoman, realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011
Place: los angeles, south central los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.2
 503K
Heat (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, crime, robbery, heist, group of criminals, thief, tough law enforcer, one last job, chase, police detective, obsession, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Internal Affairs (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, sexual ...
Plot: police corruption, neo noir, internal affairs, psychopath, crime, yuppie, strong sexual content, police investigation, urban, undercover agent, vengeance, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
A Most Violent Year (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: United Arab Emirates, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, tense, serious, captivating ...
Plot: corruption, oil, american dream, coat, business ethics, tunnel, capitalism, lawyer, loan shark, truck, winter, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 19K
Dark Blue (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set during the Rodney King riots, a robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Style: serious, bleak, tense, realistic, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police brutality, police corruption, corruption, neo noir, riot, crime, confession, police investigation, interracial relations, ghetto, family, special unit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 225K
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, disappearance, missing child, private detective, conspiracy, murder, violence, life is a bitch, victim, secret, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.1
 537K
Fargo (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to ...
Style: dark humor, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, police investigation, psychopath, greed, ransom, snow, murder, crime gone awry, small town, neo noir, police, americana ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: north dakota, usa, minnesota, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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: realistic, tense, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, guilt, police brutality, deception, undercover cop, corruption, police, betrayal, murder, police detective, revenge, bag of money ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: neo noir, dysfunctional family, crime gone awry, sibling rivalry, hospital, office, jewelry store, crime, robbery, divorce, greed, debt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brazil, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.3
 13K
Unlawful Entry (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and unofficial patrol, and spends a lot of time discussing the ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, serious, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, police, murder, lawyer, stalker, alarm, prostitute, voyeur, jealousy, argument, death, psychopath ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.4
 28K
Compliance (2012)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sandra is the manager at a fast-food restaurant, and Becky is her teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day, a police officer telephones and accuses Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which Becky vehemently ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: false accusation, human nature, boss and employee, investigation, workplace situations, dishonesty, power relations, manipulation, moral dilemma, confined, police investigation, punishment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mcdonald's restaurant, new jersey, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.7
 11K
Blue Steel (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A female rookie in the police force engages in a cat and mouse game with a pistol wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, tense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: obsession, psychopath, serial killer, neo noir, murder, policewoman, police investigation, crime, stalking, strong sexual content, female protagonist, female police officer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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The Parallax View (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator's assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, stylized, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: assassination, politics, senator, corruption, investigation, murder, neo noir, reporter, political conspiracy, political corruption, assassination attempt, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, seattle, usa, seattle washington, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 56K
Blue Ruin (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news. He sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance but proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: vengeance, revenge, homeless, neo-noir, vigilantism, gory, drifter, violence spree, crimes, deadly, rivalry, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.0
 23K
The Grifters (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young short-con grifter suffers both injury and the displeasure of reuniting with his criminal mother, all the while dating an unpredictable young lady.
Style: tense, bleak, suspense, cynical, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, neo noir, train ride, crime, neo-noir, intrigue, manipulations, parents and children, cons and scams, estrangement, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, suspense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, cannibalism, crime, murder, fbi, killings, special agents, psychology, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, washington d.c., bahamas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.4
 7K
Targets (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Vietnam veteran quietly plans to go on a mass shooting spree. At the same time, an elderly horror film star prepares to make a public appearance at a drive-in theater.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: sniper, serial killer, psychopath, murder, filmmaking, aging, crime, movie star, vietnam veteran, crimes, deadly, actor's life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: texas, asia, usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Sweden, Canada, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small west Texas town, patient and apparently thoughtful. Some people think he is a little slow and maybe boring, but that is the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, rough, psychological, tense ...
Plot: murder, small town, psychopath, killer, neo noir, sheriff, deputy, sadism, danger, crimes, deadly, investigation ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The China Syndrome (1979)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A modern nightmare nearly becomes reality in this tension-filled story about an "incident" at a nuclear power plant. Jane Fonda stars as Kimberly Wells, an ambitious TV reporter covering a story on energy sources, who is present at the ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: conspiracy, journalism, radiation, investigation, car chase, whistleblower, earthquake, swat team, media, control room, elevator, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, pennsylvania, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%