Movies and TV shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
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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 their stories.
Style: tense, clever, captivating, rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, psycho film
Plot: law and order, sex crime, police detective, sexual abuse, police, partners against crime, police officer, crimes, lawyer, law enforcement, fighting crime, female detective, suspicion, interrogation, district attorney, police investigation, legal action, forensics, jury, swat team, sex maniac, investigation, strong female lead, women, criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 2000s, 2010s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, new york

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Most similar movies to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films and TV series with plots about crimes, police detective, law enforcement, murder, police investigation, police and police officer mostly in Crime, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Criminal Minds (2005), Law & Order (1990), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), The Closer (2005), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Criminal Minds (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: An elite team of FBI profilers analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU ...
Style: psychological, exciting, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: fbi, investigation, special agents, serial killer, law enforcement, murder, team, forensics, crimes, profiler, intelligence, investigator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s, 2010s
Place: virginia, usa, arizona
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Law & Order (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in syndication, on various cable networks. Law & Order premiered ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: crime investigation, law and order, lawyer, police, murder investigation, legal, evidence, police officer, homicide detective, coworker, punishment, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 80s, 2000s ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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67%
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, clever
Plot: law and order, lawyer, prosecutor, murder investigation, power relations, workplace situations, murder, partners, mind game, crimes, judiciary, judge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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100%
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The Closer (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Deputy Police Chief Brenda Jean Johnson transfers from Atlanta to LA to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Johnson's quirky personality and hard-nosed approach often rubs her colleagues the ...
Style: captivating, twists and turns, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Plot: crime investigation, homicide detective, police investigation, female detective, policewoman, investigation, police detective, interrogation, crimes, workplace romance, murder, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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: forensics, murder investigation, teamwork, crimes, investigator, scientist, expert, police investigation, police detective, workplace, murder, police procedural ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, las vegas, nevada
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75%
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NCIS (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, a team of special agents investigates any crime that has a shred of evidence connected to Navy and Marine Corps personnel, regardless of rank or position.
Style: captivating, serious, exciting, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: law enforcement, special agents, teamwork, crime investigation, partners against crime, forensics, evidence, army investigation, computer genius, victim, navy, military ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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100%
Without a Trace (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Without a Trace was an American police procedural television drama series that originally ran on CBS from September 26, 2002 to May 19, 2009. The series follows the ventures of a Missing Persons Unit of the FBI in New York City.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, murder investigation, crime investigation, police detective, kidnapping, murder, police, female detective, federal bureau of investigation, fbi, partners, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
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67%
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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, rough, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Plot: police, police detective, partners against crime, police protagonist, police station, murder, robbery, partners, human nature, friends, against the rules, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
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100%
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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 ...
Style: tense, cynical, clever, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: police detective, organized crime, urban ghetto life, drug dealing, corruption, police investigation, working undercover, fighting crime, life is a bitch, crimes, drug lord, police ...
Time: 2000s, future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
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100%
City Homicide (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: City Homicide was an Australian television drama series that aired on the Seven Network between 27 August 2007 and 30 March 2011. The series was set on the Homicide floor of a metropolitan police headquarters in Melbourne. The main characters were ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder investigation, murder, police investigation, uncover truth, who done it, fighting crime, dishonesty, police corruption, partners against crime, law enforcement, mystery, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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Law & Order  Los Angeles (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Law & Order: LA, originally titled Law & Order: Los Angeles, is an American police procedural and legal drama television series set in Los Angeles, where it was produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and developed by Blake Masters, it ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: legal, law and order, legal action, murder, police investigation, legal investigation, fighting crime, courtroom drama, power relations, law enforcement, partners against crime, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Chicago P.D. (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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: exciting, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police, law enforcement, policewoman, crime investigation, crimes, victim, police detective, sergeant, arrest, partners, murder, gang ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: chicago illinois, illinois, usa
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Damages (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Damages is an American legal thriller television series created by the writing and production trio of Daniel Zelman and brothers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler. The plot revolves around the brilliant, ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes and her protégée, ...
Style: clever, rough, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: lawyer, powerful corporation, female lawyer, court, legal investigation, corporate crimes, hotshot lawyer, power relations, legal action, dishonesty, workplace, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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Law & Order: Organized Crime (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Detective Elliot Stabler returns to the NYPD to battle organized crime after a devastating personal loss. Stabler journeys to find absolution and rebuild his life, while leading a new elite task force that is taking apart the city’s most powerful ...
Style: psychological, captivating, disturbing, tense
Plot: organized crime, law and order, police, crime investigation, police procedural, suspect, police investigation, partners against crime, forensics, workplace situations, coworker, crime solving ...
Place: new york
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Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Law & Order: Trial by Jury is an American television drama about criminal trials set in New York City. It was the third spin-off from the long-running Law & Order. The show's almost exclusive focus was on the criminal trial of the ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Plot: courtroom, jury, fighting crime, law enforcement, workplace, crimes, rivalry, police detective, courtroom drama, hotshot lawyer, legal, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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Law & Order: UK (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Adapted from the hit US series, Law & Order: UK follows a team of police detectives and prosecutors representing the public interest in the criminal justice system.
Style: serious, tense, rough, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: forensics, lawyer, courtroom, police detective, workplace, crimes, fighting crime, cop witness relations, rivalry, legal, jury, punishment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
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100%
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Life (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Complex, offbeat Detective Charlie Crews returns to the force after serving time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Crews’ new lease on life has provided him with a Zen-like outlook, peace of mind and no need for vengeance, an attitude ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, police detective, ex convict, frame up, police investigation, uncover truth, homicide detective, murder, partners against crime, suspicion, hotshot, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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CSI: Miami (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: CSI: Miami follows Crime Scene Investigators working for the Miami-Dade Police Department as they use physical evidence, similar to their Las Vegas counterparts, to solve grisly murders. The series mixes deduction, gritty subject matter, and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, contemplative
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, policewoman, investigation, murder, workplace situations, workplace, riddles and clues, medical examiner, police detective, law enforcement, crimes, police ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, usa, florida
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Cold Case (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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, tense, suspense ...
Plot: female detective, police detective, policewoman, who done it, murder investigation, police officer, homicide detective, uncover truth, mentor, victim, police, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 60s, 90s, 50s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
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CSI: NY (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013 for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows the investigations of a team of NYPD forensic scientists ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, crime investigation, partners against crime, investigation, medical examiner, workplace, murder investigation, crimes, riddles and clues, murder, police detective, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, greece
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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: clever, bleak, captivating, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, missing child, female detective, disappearance, policewoman, child rape, bodies, crimes, life is a bitch, self discovery, sexual abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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100%
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Motive (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A cat-and-mouse series with a twist on the everyday whodunit, "Motive" centers on Angie Flynn, a detective on a backwards chase for clues to a killer that has already been revealed to viewers. The series, filmed in Vancouver, is an ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: murder investigation, female detective, police detective, unconventional method, murder mystery, riddles and clues, forensics, honest law enforcer, fighting crime, police investigation, law enforcement, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, vancouver
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100%
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.
Style: clever, twists and turns, captivating, serious, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, court, legal investigation, legal, courtroom drama, murder, hotshot lawyer, crimes, arrest, mind game, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, los angeles, california, beverly hills, san francisco
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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, police protagonist, policewoman, partners against crime, police officer, fighting crime, crimes, peril, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, southern california, los angeles, usa
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Rizzoli & Isles (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, captivating, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: girls' night
Plot: female detective, partners against crime, police investigation, forensics, murder investigation, homicide detective, friends, investigation, policewoman, female protagonist, best friends, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
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17%
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Conviction (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A fast-paced character-oriented story, focuses on the lives and loves of the young assistant district attorneys in New York, following their career paths as these passionate but naive ADAs are confronted with tough, emotional cases that challenge ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, thought provoking
Plot: lawyer, law enforcement, fighting the system, courtroom drama, police detective, hotshot lawyer, workplace, society, fighting crime, legal, rivalry, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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: neo noir, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic, clever ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, investigation, murderer, crimes, partners, partners against crime, murder, drinking problem, murder investigation, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, california, usa
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Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme was at the top of his game until a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forced him out of the field. When Amelia Sachs, an intuitive young officer who has a gift for ...
Style: serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, serial killer, murder, riddles and clues, police, crimes, law enforcement, investigation, partners against crime, evidence, police investigation, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
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31%
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Criminal: UK (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Within the walls of an interrogation room and with time running out, London investigators go after three suspects, each accused of a grievous crime.
Style: atmospheric, tense, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: interrogation, police, who done it, investigator, criminal, investigation, partners against crime, crimes, coworker, law enforcer, law enforcement, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
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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, serial killer, drug cartel, policewoman, partners, police investigation, social problems, interrogation, u.s. mexico border, corruption, mystery, mind game ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, usa
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31%