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.
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
Plot: police detective, lawyer, police, police investigation, sexual abuse, crimes, law and order, fighting crime, law enforcement, rape, trial, judge, murder, danger, interrogation, victim, district attorney, suspicion, sex crime, legal action, partners, african american, crime, legal investigation, psychiatrist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2010s, 2000s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa

Most similar movies to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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, crime, law enforcement, police detective, murder, police investigation and deadly mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Criminal Minds (2005), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), Law & Order (1990), Dexter (2006), Without a Trace (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Criminal Minds (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 42 min.
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, serious, exciting, rough, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: fbi, investigation, crime, murder, special agents, intelligence, team, profiler, law enforcement, serial killer, danger, investigator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, virginia, arizona
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
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, psychological, serious, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, police investigation, crime, scientist, murder, danger, teamwork, expert, mystery, police detective, evidence, investigator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
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83%
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Law & Order (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
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: realistic, tense, clever, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: crime investigation, lawyer, evidence, law and order, police, legal, courtroom, police investigation, murder, homicide detective, rivalry, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 90s, 21st century, 80s ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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86%
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Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
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, dark humor, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, hidden identity, vigilantism, crimes, crime, forensics, corpse, right and wrong, police station, police detective, killings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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100%
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Without a Trace (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, murder, kidnapping, fbi, crime, police investigation, police detective, race against time, track down, crimes, partners against crime, murder investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
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100%
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: serious, suspenseful, clever, tense, realistic
Plot: law and order, murder investigation, murder, mind game, crime, workplace situations, power relations, deadly, partners, judiciary, prosecutor, judge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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64%
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City Homicide (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
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: bleak, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, partners against crime, uncover truth, witnessing a crime, crimes, life is a bitch, army investigation, mystery, protagonist as suspect, danger, military, school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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100%
Law & Order: LA (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: crimes, legal action, workplace situations, legal investigation, fighting crime, power relations, crime, partners against crime, workplace, district attorney, police investigation, police detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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55%
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Law & Order: UK (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 46 min.
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: realistic, rough, tense, serious, clever ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, courtroom, lawyer, district attorney, punishment, legal investigation, mystery, price of justice, workplace, courtroom drama, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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54%
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True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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: clever, bleak, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, crime, serial killer, crimes, partners, investigation, murder, partners against crime, who done it, uncover truth, troubled ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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53%
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Cold Case (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, female detective, victim, uncover truth, crime, evidence, rage, police, cold case, policewoman, interrogation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1910s, 1950s, 1990s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
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50%
Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: realistic, gloomy, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: courtroom, jury, law and order, police station, district attorney, workplace, lawsuit, partners, hotshot lawyer, legal, sexual abuse, courtroom drama ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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50%
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NCIS (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: realistic, captivating, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: law enforcement, forensics, computer genius, crime, navy, victim, interrogation, government agency, special agents, crime investigation, military, teamwork ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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100%
Rizzoli & Isles (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful
Audience: girls' night
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, crimes, forensics, police detective, policewoman, family relations, female detective, partners, best friends, crime, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
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49%
Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: serious, sincere, clever, realistic, tense ...
Plot: murder, police detective, police station, police protagonist, police, crimes, tough law enforcer, coworker, arrest, evidence, interrogation, corpse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: baltimore, usa
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47%
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CSI: NY (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 43 min.
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, realistic, rough, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, workplace, riddles and clues, partners against crime, forensics, murder, investigation, crimes, crime investigation, mystery, interrogation, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, greece
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46%
 7.6
 21K
The Closer (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
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: twists and turns, captivating, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: policewoman, police investigation, murder, crimes, fighting crime, workplace romance, couples, police, police detective, mind game, investigation, interrogation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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45%
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Damages (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: rough, clever, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: lawyer, hotshot lawyer, powerful corporation, trial, dishonesty, workplace, corporate crimes, legal investigation, power relations, manipulations, legal action, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Unforgettable (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Former Syracuse, New York, police detective Carrie Wells has hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that gives her the ability to visually remember everything. She reluctantly joins the New York City Police Department's Queens homicide unit ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Plot: policewoman, police detective, police investigation, partners, prodigy, fighting crime, crimes, law enforcement, haunted by the past, partners against crime, female detective, female partner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.5
 10K
NYPD Blue (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: robbery, police station, police detective, murder, police, friends, life is a bitch, workplace situations, crime, drugs/alcohol, confrontation with superior, initially antagonists ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
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43%
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The Killing (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
Story: The Killing is an American crime drama television series based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. Set in Seattle, Washington, the series follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder.
Style: psychological, serious, gloomy, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, who done it, multiple suspects, murder, riddles and clues, female detective, female protagonist, haunted by the past, loss of child, evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
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43%
 6.4
 49K
CSI: Miami (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, policewoman, danger, crime, investigation, forensics, mystery, riddles and clues, deadly, medical examiner, forensic evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Conviction (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: lawyer, legal investigation, corporate crimes, crimes, workplace situations, legal action, dedicated lawyer, power relations, society, courtroom drama, law enforcement, police detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 7.6
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The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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: tense, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, serial killer, policewoman, police investigation, corruption, riddles and clues, characters in danger, social problems, murder, secret, deadly, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 9.3
 240K
The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
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, suspenseful, clever, serious, cynical ...
Plot: drug dealing, police detective, police investigation, drug lord, lesbian, wiretap, working undercover, crime, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, surveillance, corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, seaport, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Top of the Lake (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.
Style: clever, captivating, tense, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, missing child, police investigation, disappearance, crime, bodies, sexual abuse, female detective, surprising revelation, life is a bitch, rape, multiple suspects ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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41%
 8.5
 103K
Luther (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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: serious, rough, atmospheric, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, uncover truth, psychopath, multiple suspects, crimes, talented, law enforcement, unlikely relationship, cruelty, partners, forensics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.2
 23K
Columbo (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Columbo is a friendly, verbose, disheveled-looking police detective who is consistently underestimated by his suspects. Despite his unprepossessing appearance and apparent absentmindedness, he shrewdly solves all of his cases and secures all ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, cynical, captivating, serious ...
Plot: police detective, murder, mind game, murder investigation, riddles and clues, homicide detective, unconventional method, uncover truth, crimes, crime solving, crime investigation, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.5
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Ironside (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Story: Ironside is an upcoming American drama television series that is scheduled to premiere in the 2013–14 television season on NBC. It will air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central, after Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It is a ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police investigation, law enforcement, urban, fighting crime, disability, mystery, crimes, crime, power relations, tough law enforcer, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Crossing Jordan (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Crossing Jordan is an American television crime/drama series that stars Jill Hennessy as Jordan Cavanaugh, M.D., a crime-solving forensic pathologist employed in the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Style: realistic, tense, captivating, serious, clever ...
Plot: riddles and clues, ex law enforcer, investigation, murder, fighting crime, deadly, partners, law enforcement, danger, who done it, crimes, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: massachusetts, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%