Movies and TV shows like Death Note

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Death Note (2006)
 9.0
 300K
Death Note (2006)
Original name: DEATH NOTE
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects—and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But will Light succeed in his noble goal, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, disturbing, bleak, neo noir, psychological, psychological thriller
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: mind game, secret identity, intelligence, battle of wits, crimes, supernatural ability, law enforcement, vigilante, rivals, fighting crime, serial killer, supernatural, artifact, teenage life, student, police detective, heart attack, outsmarting, police, arrogance, chief of police, moral dilemma, god or devil, death, justice ...
Place: japan

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Most similar movies to Death Note

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, exciting, serious and psychological films and TV series with plots about danger, murder, crimes, rivalry, supernatural, death and police mostly in Animation, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Death Note: Monster (2004), Moriarty the Patriot (2020), Case Closed (1996), Terror in Resonance (2014), Psycho-Pass (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.6
 30K
Death Note (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Light Yagami finds the "Death Note," a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to create a Utopia by killing the world's criminals, and soon the world's greatest detective, "L," is hired to find the mysterious ...
Style: exciting, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: investigation, supernatural, mind game, vigilantism, battle of wits, supernatural ability, serial killer, crimes, youth, artifact, rivalry, investigator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Death Note Relight 2: L's Successors (2008)
Genre: Animation, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After the events of the first movie Yagami Light faces two new adversaries as he is trying to create a perfect world without crime or criminals. This movie continues the first tv special and is a summary of the last 12 episodes of the tv anime
Style: exciting, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological thriller
Plot: serial killer, supernatural ability, rivals, secret identity, fighting crime, heart attack, outsmarting, mind game, moral dilemma, vigilante, law enforcement, justice ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 27K
Monster (2004)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Kenzou Tenma, a Japanese brain surgeon in Germany, finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating, rough ...
Plot: doctor, moral dilemma, mastermind, murder, false accusation, guilt, protagonist as suspect, hospital, police detective, life is a bitch, society, track down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, 80s ...
Place: germany, europe, czech republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Japan has been invaded and conquered by the Britannian Empire. Japan is now known as Area 11 and its citizens known as Elevens. The Britannian Empire takes away Japan's autonomous power and imposes its rule through the use of Knightmares. The ...
Style: rough, stylized, suspenseful, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rebellion, mind control, young heroes, battles, civil rights, military, youth, resistance, peril, leader, emperor, rebelliousness ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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Moriarty the Patriot (2020)
Genre: Animation, Crime, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: In the late 19th century, the British Empire nobility reigns while its working class suffers at their hands. Sympathetic to their plight, William James Moriarty wants to topple it all. Frustrated by the systemic inequity, Moriarty strategizes to fix ...
Style: twists and turns, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful, stylized
Plot: master villain, aristocracy, master criminal, mind game, secret identity, organized crime, moral dilemma, society, rivalry, crimes, undercover, villain ...
Time: victorian era
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 13K
Case Closed (1996)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: The son of a world famous mystery writer, Jimmy Kudo, has achieved his own notoriety by assisting the local police as a student detective. He has always been able to solve the most difficult of criminal cases using his wits and power of reason.
Style: exciting, feel good, captivating, light, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: secret identity, private detective, riddles and clues, murder, who done it, prodigy, partners against crime, fighting crime, mystery, rivalry, high school, investigation ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
Terror in Resonance (2014)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to ...
Style: tragic ending, psychological, touching, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, terrorism, orphan, hacker, human experiment, terrorist bombing, tragic hero, childhood friend, tragedy, police, terrorist, death of protagonist ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.2
 18K
Psycho-Pass (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series that takes place in the future where it is possible to instantaneously measure a person's mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes with a device installed ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, bleak, futuristic, suspenseful ...
Plot: cyberpunk, partners against crime, human nature, police investigation, graphic violence, master criminal, mastermind, future dystopia, crimes, chase, society, criminal ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Future Diary (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Yukiteru Amano (Yuki) is a loner who never really interact with people and prefers writing a diary on his cell phone with his only companion being an imaginary friend named Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon learns that ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: social misfits, contests and competitions, survival, battles, diary, teenage life, loner, misfit, foreknowledge, supernatural, power struggle, classmate ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.8
 49K
Tokyo Ghoul (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Ken Kaneki is a bookworm college student who meets a girl names Rize at a cafe he frequents. They're the same age and have the same interests, so they quickly become close. Little does Kaneki know that Rize is a ghoul - a kind of monster that ...
Style: dark fantasy, exciting, suspenseful, serious, bloody ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: murder, supernatural, supernatural ability, secret identity, deadly creature, youth, survival, graphic violence, friends, crimes, good versus evil, genetically altered ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, east asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
B: The Beginning (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: In a world powered by advanced technology, crime and action unfold in the archipelagic nation of Cremona. Genius investigator Keith Flick rejoins the royal police force just as serial killer "B" emerges. Mysterious youth Koku may be an ...
Style: suspense, dark fantasy, psychological, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: brainwashing, revenge, investigation, massacre, secret organization, police, supernatural, violence, crimes, society, shape shifting, computer cracker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Darker Than Black (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Anime television series created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones.
Style: suspenseful, rough, atmospheric, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: supernatural ability, secret agents, future dystopia, dark past, paranormal phenomena, transformation, fate of humanity, fighting crime, rivalry, escapades, investigation, supernatural ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.8
 58K
Steins;Gate (2011)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe rents out a room in a rickety old building in Akihabara, where he indulges himself in his hobby of inventing prospective "future gadgets" with fellow lab members: Mayuri Shiina, his ...
Style: exciting, mind bending, touching, serious, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, time machine, changing the past or future, research, parallel world, time loop, scientist, sent to the past, experiment, hopes, student, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 42K
ERASED (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 264 min.
TV show
Story: Satoru Fujinuma is a struggling manga artist who has the ability to turn back time and prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he turns back time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his ...
Style: captivating, psychological, sentimental, tense, uplifting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, child abuse, murder, time travel, friendship, dysfunctional family, death, serial killer, abusive mother, kidnapping, supernatural, disappearance ...
Time: 21st century, year 2006, year 1988
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Mafia is rife in America where assassinations are a regular occurrence on the streets. Inferno, a mysterious company, is behind most of these dealings through the use of their near-invincible human weapon, "Phantom." One day, a Japanese ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, intense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, crimes, memory loss, amnesia, teenage life, group of criminals, assassination attempt, adventure, youth, escapades, attempted murder, kidnapping ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, mongolia, las vegas, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.7
 8K
Black Butler (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: In Victorian-era London, on the night of Ciel Phantomhive's tenth birthday, a fire destroyed his manor and killed both of his parents. In a moment of despair, Ciel strikes a deal with a demon - his soul in exchange for revenge. This demon ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, captivating, dark fantasy, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: butler, demon, master and servant, supernatural, investigation, evil force, supernatural ability, young heroes, deal with the devil, rich and poor, queen, society ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century
Place: london, england, europe, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
Vampire Knight (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Cross Academy is an elite boarding school with two separate, isolated classes: the Day Class and the Night Class. On the surface, Yuuki Cross and Zero Kiryuu are prefects of the academy, and attempt to keep order between the students as classes ...
Style: captivating, exciting, shoujo, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, rivalry, forbidden love, school, memory loss, supernatural, love, supernatural power, memory, friendship, interracial relations, academy ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Boogiepop Never Laughs: Boogiepop Phantom (2000)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Boogiepop Phantom is a twelve-episode anime television series produced by Madhouse Studios, based on the Boogiepop light novel series by Kouhei Kadono, particularly that of Boogiepop and Others and Boogiepop At Dawn. The series is directed by ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, serial killer, mysterious character, nobody believes, evil force, murder, high school, psychology, alter ego, urban legend, memories, terrorizing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.5
 1K
Jormungand (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Jonah is a child soldier and the newest bodyguard for Koko, an international arms dealer with an entourage of hired guns. The cold-blooded kid hates Koko’s line of work, but following her into the darkest corners of the black market might be the ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: arms dealing, crimes, soldier, murder, military, war, child soldier, terrorism, gunfight, friendship, heroes, mafia ...
Place: japan, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Bungo Stray Dogs (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Nakajima Atsushi was kicked out of his orphanage, and now he has no place to go and no food. While he is standing by a river, on the brink of starvation, he rescues a man whimsically attempting suicide. That man is Dazai Osamu, and he and his ...
Style: exciting, emotional, humorous, mysterious, tense ...
Plot: literature, supernatural ability, battles, group of criminals, friendship, super strength, investigation, supernatural, mafia, fight, writers, mysticism ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 8.2
 12K
Fate/Zero (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: War of the Holy Grail - Pursuing the power of the "Holy Grail" which grants a miracle, this is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete for it. In that battle whose conclusion was postponed three times, now, the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, intense, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: master warrior, adventure, holy grail, epic battle, king arthur, supernatural, escapades, rivalry, ambition, mortal combat, heroes, wizards and magicians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 467
Tokko (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: When 108 demons free themselves and start killing people, Special Public Safety Task Force, or "Tokko" for short, is formed to stop them. Some of the members have demons inside of them and can use them to enhance their own abilities.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, scary
Audience: boys' night
Plot: supernatural, supernatural ability, fighting crime, special agents, rivalry, private detective, injustice, mind control, crimes, partners against crime, riddles and clues, vengeance ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Deadman Wonderland (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Death is the main attraction in Deadman Wonderland, from the studio that brought you Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy. Ganta is the only survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of teenagers. He’s framed for the carnage, ...
Style: rough, twists and turns, serious, exciting, tense ...
Plot: prison, young heroes, life turned upside down, survival, uncover truth, contests and competitions, false accusation, future dystopia, frame up, supernatural, confined, society ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Parasyte: The Maxim (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Shinichi Izumi is a normal high school boy whose right hand has become infected with an alien parasite that names itself "Migi" ("right"). Migi is the first parasite to develop a symbiotic relationship with its host, as he and ...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, tense, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alien, fight scenes, violence, body horror, murder, humanity, rivalry, parasite, massacre, survival, tragedy, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Psychic Detective Yakumo (2010)
Genre: Animation, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: In order to help a friend possessed by a spirit, Ozawa Haruka knocks on the door of her university's movie research association. There she meets Saitou Yakumo, a rude, unkempt young man with a red left eye, who is said to have spiritual powers. ...
Style: serious, mind bending, stylized, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, investigation, supernatural ability, crimes, mysterious character, mysterious place, college, uncover truth, student life, college life, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Millionaire Detective: Balance - Unlimited (2020)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: The story centers around millionaire Daisuke Kambe, the heir to one of the wealthiest families in Japan, who is assigned as a detective to the Modern Crime Prevention Task Force (aka MCPTF), at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Taking full ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, suspense, captivating, tense ...
Plot: genius, police detective, billionaire, friendship, partners, track down, friends, police investigation, chase, partners against crime, society, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Corpse Princess (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Corpse Princess is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshiichi Akahito. Premiering in Monthly Shōnen Gangan on April 12, 2005, the series centers around the "Corpse Princess" Makina Hoshimura, an undead girl who is ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: zombie, adventure, track down, rivalry, escapades, supernatural, clergy, monk, schoolgirl, murder, teenage life, heroes ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.1
 2K
Death Note (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Light Yagami is an ordinary university student. One day, he receives a death note which changes his life. The death note awakens his warped sense of justice and genius. He becomes murderer Kira and punishes criminals. L is a well known private ...
Style: suspense, tense, disturbing, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, supernatural, arrogance, vigilante, fighting crime, moral dilemma, mind game, deity, crimes, student, murder, rivalry ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok (2003)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Loki, the Norse god of mischief, has been exiled to the human world for what was apparently was a bad joke. Along with being exiled, he’s forced to take the form of a child. He’s told the only way he can get back to the world of the gods is if ...
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, suspenseful
Plot: good versus evil, private detective, mystery, supernatural, superhero, investigation, crimes, obsession, amateur detective, escapades, rivalry, obsessive quest ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.6
 6K
Ajin (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: 17 years ago, immortals first appeared on the battlefields of Africa. Later, rare, unknown new immortal lifeforms began appearing among humans, and they became known as "Ajin" (demi-humans). Just before summer vacation, a Japanese high ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, bleak, tense, twists and turns
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, immortality, life is a bitch, crimes, villain, gunfight, creature, destiny, police investigation, vengeance, heroes, rivalry ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%