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
Plot: police detective, sex crime, law and order, lawyer, police, suspicion, sexual abuse, danger, crimes, fighting crime, law enforcement, police investigation, partners against crime, court, trial, judge, murder, interrogation, victim, police officer, district attorney, crime investigation, female detective, legal action, forensics ...
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 realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films and TV series with plots about crimes, crime, law enforcement, police detective, police investigation, murder and deadly mostly in Crime, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Criminal Minds (2005), The Closer (2005), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), Law & Order (1990), 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.
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: serious, psychological, exciting, rough, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: special agents, fbi, murder, crimes, crime, law enforcement, team, profiler, investigation, serial killer, intelligence, forensics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, virginia, arizona
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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: twists and turns, captivating, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, female detective, police detective, crimes, policewoman, murder, crime investigation, fighting crime, workplace romance, interrogation, investigation, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa
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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, police investigation, police detective, teamwork, murder investigation, crime, investigator, crimes, expert, scientist, mystery, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, united states
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100%
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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: realistic, tense, clever, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: crime investigation, law and order, legal, lawyer, evidence, police, homicide detective, murder, courtroom, police investigation, partners, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 80s ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, police detective, crime investigation, murder, kidnapping, murder investigation, fbi, partners, law enforcement, riddles and clues, workplace, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
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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: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, dishonesty, fighting crime, who done it, uncover truth, police corruption, law enforcement, partners, partners against crime, protagonist as suspect, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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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: suspenseful, clever, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: law and order, prosecutor, murder investigation, mind game, deadly, crimes, murder, workplace situations, power relations, partners, crime, judiciary ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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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: police investigation, legal, legal action, murder, courtroom, partners against crime, workplace, courtroom drama, law enforcement, district attorney, fighting crime, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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, realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, law enforcement, policewoman, crime investigation, crimes, police detective, arrest, sergeant, shooting, victim, partners, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
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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, captivating, tense ...
Plot: police detective, frame up, ex convict, police investigation, uncover truth, investigation, murder, suspicion, homicide detective, partners against crime, workplace, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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100%
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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, serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, police, police station, murder, robbery, partners against crime, partners, human nature, friends, against the rules, deadly, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
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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, contemplative, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, female detective, crime, murder investigation, police investigation, who done it, riddles and clues, victim, uncover truth, policewoman, homicide detective, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: philadelphia, 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, suspenseful, rough, bleak, tense ...
Plot: courtroom, forensics, police detective, police investigation, cop witness relations, crimes, crime, workplace, fighting crime, rivalry, courtroom drama, jury ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
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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, realistic, psychological, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, partners against crime, crime investigation, danger, workplace, riddles and clues, investigation, murder, crimes, mystery, interrogation, murder investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, greece
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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, courtroom drama, fighting crime, workplace, rivalry, law enforcement, crimes, police detective, hotshot lawyer, partners, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, 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, twists and turns, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: lawyer, trial, court, female lawyer, murder, legal investigation, hotshot lawyer, legal, corporate crimes, manipulation, power relations, manipulations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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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, captivating, bleak, clever, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, serial killer, police detective, investigation, murderer, partners, partners against crime, crimes, murder, uncover truth, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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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: rough, realistic, serious, thought provoking
Plot: lawyer, law enforcement, fighting the system, police detective, courtroom drama, society, workplace, legal, rivalry, fighting crime, sexual abuse, hotshot lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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Numb3rs (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Inspired by actual cases and experiences, Numb3rs depicts the confluence of police work and mathematics in solving crime as an FBI agent recruits his mathematical genius brother to help solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles from a ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: genius, crime, fbi, prodigy, murder investigation, police detective, mathematics, brother brother relationship, mathematician, profiler, workplace, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
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Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
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, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, vigilantism, crimes, hidden identity, crime, loner, gory, corpse, forensics, anti hero, right and wrong ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, contemplative
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, policewoman, crime, riddles and clues, danger, murder, workplace situations, workplace, police investigation, police detective, investigation, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, usa, florida
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Unforgettable (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, suspenseful, tense, realistic, exciting
Plot: female detective, photographic memory, police detective, policewoman, police investigation, prodigy, partners, partners against crime, fighting crime, haunted by the past, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, united states
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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, riddles and clues, crime, serial killer, crimes, police investigation, law enforcement, investigation, murder, deadly, evidence, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary
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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: captivating, clever, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, missing child, female detective, disappearance, policewoman, life is a bitch, self discovery, sexual abuse, mystery, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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33%
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The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
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: tense, twists and turns, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, drug cartel, serial killer, policewoman, police investigation, social problems, partners, corruption, riddles and clues, deadly, characters in danger, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, usa
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Major Crimes (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Major Crimes explores how the American justice system approaches the art of the deals as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor heads up a special squad within the LAPD ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, tense, twists and turns
Plot: police detective, policewoman, homicide detective, female detective, crimes, police investigation, law enforcement, coworker, female protagonist, fighting crime, investigator, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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Luther (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: tense, serious, atmospheric, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, forensics, crimes, talented, murder, partners, law enforcement, cruelty, psychopath, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, united kingdom
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Ironside (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
TV show
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, exciting, serious, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police investigation, fighting crime, law enforcement, crimes, mystery, wheelchair bound, disability, power relations, urban, crime, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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32%
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Bosch (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
Story: Based on Michael Connelly's best-selling novels, these are the stories of relentless LAPD homicide Detective Harry Bosch who pursues justice at all costs. But behind his tireless momentum is a man who is haunted by his past and struggles to ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, law enforcement, coworker, police investigation, crimes, determination, riddles and clues, lapd, danger, suspicion, murder, superior officer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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Killer Instinct (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Killer Instinct is an American crime drama television series filmed in Vancouver that originally aired on the Fox Network. The pilot episode aired on September 23, 2005, and the final episode aired on December 2, 2005. Fox ordered 13 episodes, only ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: police detective, police investigation, fighting crime, crimes, partners, deadly, mystery, law enforcement, policewoman, crime, buddy cop, crime investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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