Movies like Cactus 2008

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Cactus (2008)
 5.9
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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: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: kidnapping, on the road, hostages, wilderness, unlikely criminals, nothing goes right, crimes, danger, crime gone awry, survival, destiny, confined, escapades, life is a bitch, power relations, disorder, road trip, desert, death, gambling, illness, abduction, murder, punched in the face, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crimes, danger, kidnapping, crime, confined, deadly and murder mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Cactus: Swerve (2011), The Betrayed (2008), Dead Heart (1996), Unknown (2006), The Killing Jar (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.4
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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: twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, betrayal, small town, cons and scams, police corruption, neo noir, crimes, dishonesty, crime gone awry, intrigue, rivalry, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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95%
 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: serious, suspenseful, mind bending, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, criminal, warehouse, revelation, crime gone awry, crime, trust, murder, theft, psycho, missing child, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 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: culture clash, murder, infidelity, against the rules, desert, vengeance, culture, outback, romance, interracial relations, village, prison ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 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: suspenseful, psychological, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, memory loss, amnesia, murder, factory, police, survival, infidelity, confined, mystery, loss of daughter ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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, suspenseful, tense, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, splatter, blood, serial killer, shotgun, hostage, hostages, isolation, confined, crimes, danger, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cell phone, forest, gun, ransom, rich, kidnapping, unlikely criminals, crime gone awry, drugs/alcohol, confined, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: friendship, gun, crime gone awry, nothing goes right, crime, crimes, partners, social relations, disorder, best friends, heist, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
⇓ 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, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, murder, crimes, obsession, special agents, law enforcement, race against time, track down, missing person, danger, crime ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 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, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: riddles and clues, danger, captivity, kidnapping, confined, crimes, deadly, survival, gory, crime, murder, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: serious, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, rough ...
Plot: kidnapping, crime, good versus evil, missing person, crimes, danger, rescue, survival, teenage life, confined, escapades, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nebraska, montana, wyoming
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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: crime gone awry, hitman, crimes, crime, danger, siblings relations, deadly, family relations, disorder
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: bank, criminal heroes, gory, crime, hostages, bar, unlikely criminals, crime gone awry, heist, kidnapping, confined, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ 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: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, police, family relations, drugs/alcohol, investigation, crimes, danger, track down, parents and children, chases and races, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, india, mumbai india
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, crime gone awry, missing person, confined, crimes, chase, mind game, couple relations, chases and races, danger, rivalry, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Reckoning (2014)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When a detective is called in to investigate the roadside execution of his partner, he discovers at the crime scene a data card from a video camera. The card contains footage shot by two runaway teenagers who are making a documentary about the drug ...
Style: twists and turns, bleak, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: murder, crime, police investigation, found footage, crime scene, chases and races, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, partners, murderous pair, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: kidnapping, obsessive quest, missing person, crime, crimes, addiction, mystery, drug abuse, law enforcement, life is a bitch, surrealism, fbi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: kidnapping, false identity, crimes, woman in danger, confined, danger, rivalry, family relations, knife, father, kissing, bed ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, crime, gangsters, hostages, woman in danger, confined, crimes, criminal heroes, betrayal, crumbling marriage, gambling, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 5.2
 8K
Strangerland (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Newly arrived to a remote desert town, Catherine and Matthew are tormented by a suspicion when their two teenage children mysteriously vanish.
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense, realistic
Plot: missing child, desert, australian outback, couple relations, family in crisis, outback, troubled marriage, protagonist as suspect, haunted by the past, crimes, social relations, sandstorm ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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: serious, bleak, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: vengeance, revenge, rage, blood splatter, pornography, heroin, crime, on the road, gory, violence spree, realism, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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, captivity, confined, crimes, danger, life is a bitch, psychological thriller, past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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, serious, realistic
Plot: human nature, confined, mysterious character, captivity, haunted by the past, danger, life is a bitch, self discovery, destiny, cause and meaning, religions or cults, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: memory loss, factory, hostages, crime gone awry, crime, kidnapping, confined, crimes, criminal heroes, fugitives, working undercover, environmentalism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 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: suspenseful, serious, captivating, realistic, tense ...
Plot: buddies, crime gone awry, college, college life, friends, prank, crimes, youth, surveillance footage, moral corruption, sorority, medical student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: kidnapping, sex trade, woman in danger, heiress, russian mafia, confined, crimes, danger, hostages, rescue, chases and races, dog ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 5K
The Square (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ray, a construction worker trapped in an unhappy marriage, pursues an affair with his neighbor, Carla. Carla's husband, Greg, is a mobster who keeps large sums of drug money in their home. With this in mind, Carla comes up with a plan: She and ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: neo noir, money, revenge, murder, violence, fire, arson, extortion, suspicion, tragedy, extramarital affair, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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: suspenseful, serious, disturbing, realistic, scary ...
Plot: murder, police detective, college, amateur detective, laboratory, protagonist as suspect, crime, legal investigation, mind game, mystery, police investigation, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Accused at 17 (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A teenager is accused of murdering a classmate and claims that she was framed by her best friend. Her mother must try to find the truth.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: teens
Plot: drugs/alcohol, friendship, teenage life, crimes, mystery, deadly, dishonesty, rivalry, youth, friends, best friends, crime gone awry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ 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: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, hostages, crime, crime gone awry, daring rescue, race against time, terrorism, missing person, chases and races, confined, crimes, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 2K
Quiz (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A famous game show host is being harassed in a restaurant by a strange man who claims to have kidnapped his wife and daughter. A morbid game ensues in which the game show host turns out to be the contestant.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: kidnapping, crimes, mysterious character, manipulations, mind game, family in danger, danger, rivalry, restaurant, pistol, father daughter relationship, host ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%