Movies like Cactus 2008

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Cactus (2008)
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Cactus (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A man is kidnapped from his city home in the quiet hours of the night and, the kidnapper, John Kelly, embarks on a journey into the Australian Outback towards the place where his hostage is due for delivery. As time and distance roll by, the strength and endurance of both men will be tested to the very end.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: kidnapping, survival, crimes, on the road, hostages, confined, destiny, life is a bitch, danger, escapades, wilderness, disorder, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, unlikely criminals, power relations, road trip, friendship, desert, death, gambling, illness, abduction, murder, corpse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia

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Most similar movies to Cactus

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crimes, danger, kidnapping, confined, crime, murder and crime gone awry mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Cactus: The Betrayed (2008), Swerve (2011), Unknown (2006), The Killing Jar (2010), Dead Heart (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.0
 2K
The Betrayed (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Kidnappers force a young mother (Melissa George) to recover money stolen by her shady husband (Christian Campbell).
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, psychological, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, criminal, revelation, warehouse, dishonesty, missing child, crimes, crime, confined, mystery, chases and races, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.4
 2K
Swerve (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Driving cross-country to a job interview, Colin takes a short cut and comes across a fatal road accident. One of the drivers, Jina, is shaken but unhurt; the other has been killed instantly. Beside the dead body is a briefcase full of money, which ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: off the road, out of the way, cons and scams, crimes, neo noir, police corruption, crime gone awry, intrigue, crime, betrayal, small town, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.5
 28K
Unknown (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Five men wake up in a locked-down warehouse with no memory of who they are. They are forced to figure out who is good and who is bad to stay alive.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Plot: memory loss, kidnapping, amnesia, ransom, murder, confined, loss of friend, suicide, mystery, survival, hostages, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
The Killing Jar (2010)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A stranger armed with a shotgun takes seven patrons hostage in a remote roadside diner. But as the body count increases, the desperate survivors discover that one of the hostages may be even more dangerous than their captor.
Style: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Plot: murder, hostage, serial killer, crime gone awry, hostages, confined, rivalry, danger, isolation, deadly, crimes, splatter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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 6.5
 238
Dead Heart (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Ray Lorkin, chief lawman in the tiny rural settlement of Wala Wala, Australia, fears that long-simmering tensions between the area's aborigine natives and white settlers are on the verge of erupting. When it's discovered that Kate, the ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: murder, infidelity, culture clash, australian aboriginal, racism, village, dishonesty, law enforcement, small town life, track down, opposites attract, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 5.5
 11K
Nine Dead (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Communication is the key to the survival for nine strangers who have been kidnapped by a masked gunman and told that one of them will die every ten minutes until they discover how they are all connected. Who of the nine lives and who dies?
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, surprise ending, scary ...
Plot: riddles and clues, kidnapping, captivity, danger, confined, gory, crimes, deadly, survival, crime, murder, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Strangers in 7A (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Andy Griffith plays a philandering apartment house manager who picks up a pretty young girl (Suzanne Hildur) in a bar. He takes her home, whereupon the girl's male cronies show up armed with guns. Griffith and his wife (Ida Lupino) are held ...
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious, rough
Plot: kidnapping, bar, hijacking, destiny, heist, bank, crime gone awry, danger, stalking, dishonesty, disorder, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Taken in Broad Daylight (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Every 24 hrs. after a child's been kidnapped by a stranger, chances of finding them alive diminishes to almost 100% ... The true and inspiring survival story of kidnapped teen, Anne Sluti, and how she manages to stay alive by manipulating her ...
Style: rough, exciting, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: kidnapping, confined, crimes, crime, escapades, rivalry, rescue, missing person, survival, good versus evil, danger, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: wyoming, nebraska, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 6.2
 6K
The Entitled (2011)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Without the security of the job he wants or the future he dreamed of, Paul Dynan plans the perfect crime to help his struggling family – abduct the socialite children of three wealthy men and collect a ransom of $3-million dollars. Over the course ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, gun, forest, rich, cell phone, confined, drugs/alcohol, crime gone awry, danger, breaking point, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.7
 1K
Chaos (2000)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man gets involved in a kidnapping scheme with the wife of a wealthy businessman. She lets herself be tied up and confined in his house while he sends the ransom demand. When he returns home that night, however, he finds her laying dead on the ...
Style: psychological, realistic, tense, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: kidnapping, danger, crime gone awry, disorder, dishonesty, deadly, obsession, crimes, cons and scams, switching roles, crime, mystery ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.5
 240
13 m? (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Jose is looking for a way out of his small time banlieue deals. When he overhears a conversation between his girlfriend and his step-brother,he might just have found a very lucrative way.Together with his two best friends,he decides to attack an ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: friendship, gun, crime, crimes, confined, friends, social relations, heist, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, disorder, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 4.5
 1K
Distortion (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: When his girlfriend is kidnapped, a drug-addicted ex-cop must overcome his demons and face the sobering task of tracking her down before it's too late. His story dismissed by the police, he's left with no choice but to rely on his own ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough
Plot: kidnapping, obsessive quest, law enforcement, life is a bitch, crimes, mystery, crime, addiction, missing person, drug abuse, fbi, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.7
 11K
The Flock (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This film is about a hyper-vigilant employee of the department of public safety who, while training his young female replacement, has to track down a missing girl who he is convinced is connected to a paroled sex offender he is investigating.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, law enforcement, obsession, murder, crimes, special agents, missing person, danger, race against time, track down, crime ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.2
 108
Blind Turn (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Samantha Holt had the perfect life with a handsome fiancée and a future that couldn’t look brighter. But an unexpected turn on a dark lonely road puts her on a collision course with Bruce Miller, a devoted family man who descends into madness ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, realistic, serious, scary ...
Plot: kidnapping, psychopath, vengeance, drunk driving, family tragedy, confined, life is a bitch, crimes, captivity, danger, haunted by the past, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Wild Card (2004)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young, beautiful wife cheating on her rich, older husband amidst the neon lights of Las Vegas. Four men hired to do a job, but there is a traitor in their midst. Adultery, betrayal, kidnapping and murder lead to the ultimate double cross and no ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, confined, crime, crumbling marriage, criminal heroes, hostages, crimes, gambling, betrayal, tough heroes, disorder, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.2
 2K
The Living (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After an alcohol induced blacked-out night of drinking, Teddy discovers he has severely beaten his wife, Molly. As he attempts to redeem himself to her she must decide whether or not she will take him back as her mother, Angela, continuously ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: hitman, family relations, danger, crime gone awry, crime, crimes, siblings relations, disorder, deadly
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.1
 6K
Restraint (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two fugitives land in hot water when they take a hostage who poses a threat to their well-being.
Style: serious, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, murder, on the run, mansion, shotgun, robbery, hostage, lie, champagne, seduction, psychopath, mentally unstable ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.1
 16K
Ugly (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A team of the best cops in Mumbai is dispatched to find a girl who has gone missing from her father's car. As the hunt for the kidnapper begins, fingers suspiciously point to closer home.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, police, family relations, couple relations, drugs/alcohol, crimes, chases and races, parents and children, confined, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, india, mumbai india
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Engaged to Kill (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Abby Lord (Maria del Mar) is kidnapped and her husband Robert Lord (Joe Lando) has to pay off a million dollar ransom. Based on a True Life story.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: kidnapping, false identity, crimes, confined, woman in danger, danger, rivalry, family relations, father, knife, gambling, bed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.1
 610
Acid Factory (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Five people trapped in a factory where two hostages and three are kidnappers but they them self do not know who are kidnappers and hostages.As they all are suffering from temporary memory loss.
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, rough, exciting ...
Plot: memory loss, working undercover, hostages, criminal heroes, confined, danger, crime gone awry, disorder, kidnapping, chases and races, crime, environmentalism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.5
 574
Layover (2012)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When the heiress of a luxury hotel chain is kidnapped at her dingy motel outside Detroit by a band of ruthless sex traffickers, her downtrodden assistant must figure out a way to rescue her.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious
Plot: kidnapping, sex trade, hostages, confined, crimes, chases and races, woman in danger, danger, rescue, heiress, russian mafia, fbi ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, michigan, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 4.9
 2K
Die (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, Italy
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Six people, each of them is on the road to self-destruction. They wake up in cells in a surreal facility, without knowing how they got there or why.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious
Plot: confined, human nature, cause and meaning, mysterious character, life is a bitch, one more chance, haunted by the past, deathtrap, deadly, destiny, danger, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 29K
Shattered (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A sociopathic kidnapper methodically pushes a desperate pair of parents to their absolute breaking point.
Style: disturbing, tense, suspenseful, surprise ending, suspense ...
Plot: kidnapping, infidelity, mind game, crimes, moral dilemma, revenge, blackmail, nothing to lose, danger, man-woman relation, justice, police investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 4.8
 1K
Three Way (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Lew is a small time loser with a troubled past and a very big secret. Overhearing a couple plan a kidnapping, Lew is tempted to come up with a scheme of his own. He decides to get to the victim first and then blackmail the real criminals. His plan ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, dark humor, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, murder, crime gone awry, blackmail, adultery, yacht, love, small town life, dishonesty, power relations, femme fatale, mind game ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Voice of a Murderer (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: One day, the only son of famous news anchor HAN Kyung-bae, disappears without a trace. Soon, the kidnapper calls the mother demanding a $100,000 ransom. The police assign a veteran inspector to the case and assemble a top-notch task force to work ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, psychological, based on true events ...
Plot: kidnapping, family problems, chase, mind game, police investigation, blackmail, death of child, reporter, rivalry, abduction, confined, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.4
 4K
Brotherhood (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Adam Buckley finds himself in the middle of a convenience store robbery during his last night as a pledge for a college fraternity. When the initiation ritual goes horribly wrong, and every move proves disastrous, Adam is forced to confront a new ...
Style: psychological, rough, realistic, tense, captivating ...
Plot: prank, friends, crimes, college life, buddies, crime gone awry, youth, college, masked man, college student, convenience store, shot in the shoulder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 5K
The Horseman (2008)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A tender drama unfolds between a grieving father and a troubled teenage girl as they drive northbound along the quiet outback roads of Australia. What she doesn't know is that between stops, he is leaving behind a bloody trail of bodies in a ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, rough, realistic, tense ...
Plot: heroin, vengeance, rage, revenge, blood splatter, pornography, rivalry, vigilantism, hitchhiker, on the road, realism, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 102K
Hostage (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When a mafia accountant is taken hostage on his beat, a police officer – wracked by guilt from a prior stint as a negotiator – must negotiate the standoff, even as his own family is held captive by the mob.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, small town, hostages, hostage negotiator, fbi, rescue, hostage situation, family problems, crimes, one man army, family in danger, crime gone awry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 95
Fissure (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Still reeling from a personal tragedy, Detective Paul Grunning is sent on a routine call to a local professor's home. When things turn deadly, he must navigate a fractured reality to solve the mystery before it's too late.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, psychological, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, police detective, protagonist as suspect, riddles and clues, life is a bitch, uncover truth, crime, danger, mind game, amateur detective, mystery, legal investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Towards Darkness (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Deals with 90 minutes in a kidnapped hostage's life, and the frustration his family, a special ops team, and a man in charge of delivering the ransom money all feel as they rush to save him.
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, terrorism, deadly, rivalry, car chase, soldier, chase, missing child, destiny, missing person, danger, crime gone awry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%