Movies like Istanbul

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Istanbul (1985)
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Istanbul (1985)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, West Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Willy, a student, quits his vacationjob to go to Istanbul with the sinister yet facinating Klamski. On the way from Ostend to Arlon some chance meetings unpuzzle the truth about Klamski, but Willy turns out to have a dark side as well.
Style: tense, twists and turns, rough, gloomy, serious, realistic, road movie
Plot: kidnapping, on the road, friends, life is a bitch, mystery, fugitives, obsessive quest, child killer, haunted by the past, unlikely partners, buddies, child in peril, profanity, nudity (full frontal - brief), gay, fight, ship, money, police, pedophile, hotel, sex scene, psychopath, abduction, traveler ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: europe, belgium, london, istanbul turkey

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Most similar movies to Istanbul

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, tense and suspenseful films with plots about crimes, murder, kidnapping, graphic violence, deadly, danger and confined mostly in Drama, Thriller and Action genres. Some movies like Istanbul: Hidden Agenda (1990), Manuscripts Don't Burn (2013), The Invader (2011), Bright Angel (1990), Cold Comfort (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Hidden Agenda (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In Ireland, American lawyer Ingrid Jessner and her activist partner, Paul Sullivan, struggle to uncover atrocities committed by the British government against the Northern Irish during the "Troubles." But when Sullivan is assassinated in ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, investigation, conspiracy, torture, parade, terrorism, state affairs, assassination, deadly, crimes, dedicated lawyer, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Manuscripts Don't Burn (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Iran
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Khosrow and Morteza set out on a mission to kill someone. The assassination ought to be arranged as a suicide. At the last minute however, they are obliged to change their initial plans…
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, rough, serious ...
Plot: assassination, murder, politics, moral dilemma, political conspiracy, kidnapping, political corruption, crimes, mission gone awry, dishonesty, frame up, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.6
 794
The Invader (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An African immigrant living illegally in Belgium is desperate to find his own sense of belonging.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, contemplative, tense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, misfit, job seeking, couple relations, couples, human nature, society, immigrants, urban, nudity (full frontal - brief), interracial relations, cheating wife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe, brussels
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.5
 528
Bright Angel (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Road-movie from Montana to Wyoming. A gullible, innocent young man (Mulroney) assists a versatile girl (Taylor) on her long quest to get her brother out of jail.
Style: road movie, suspenseful, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: family problems, crimes, destructive relationship, on the road, life is a bitch, teenage life, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, jail, brother, marital problem ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, wyoming, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Movie in collections
 6.2
 340
Cold Comfort (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Dolores has everthing she wants for her birthday: a party, 18 glowing candles, and Stephen, the handsome stranger who's more than a guest. He's a prisoner. COLD COMFORT bristles with the suspense, passion and danger of three people caught ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, disturbing, tense, scary ...
Plot: hostage, nudity (full frontal - brief), crimes, split personality, family relations, psychopath, profanity, hostages, confined, isolation, kidnapping, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.6
 22K
The Passenger (1975)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, France, Spain
Duration: 126 min.
Story: David Locke (Jack Nicholson) is a world-weary American journalist who has been sent to cover a conflict in northern Africa, but he makes little progress with the story. When he discovers the body of a stranger who looks similar to him, Locke assumes ...
Style: stylized, tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: desert, passport, identity, hotel, terrorism, on the road, espionage, starting over, journalism, guide, reporter, journalist ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: barcelona, europe, africa, france, sahara ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.7
 702
Sonny Boy (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A small-town car thief and his transvestite wife come across an abandoned infant; they amputate his tongue and train him for a life in crime.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: transvestism, psychopath, graphic violence, crimes, criminal heroes, on the run, mute or deaf, deadly, gang, strong violent content, profanity, kidnapping ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new mexico, midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.7
 2K
Rapt (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A rich industrialist is brutally kidnapped. While he physically and mentally degenerates in imprisonment, the kidnappers, police and the board of the company of which he is director negotiate about the ransom of 50 million euro.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: hostage, life turned upside down, kidnapping, crimes, confined, dishonesty, danger, captivity, uncover truth, abduction, ransom, double life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, belgium, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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A Show of Force (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In this thriller, television reporter Kate Ryan de Meléndez investigates the death of two radical Puerto Rican activists, whom she begins to believe may have been framed and murdered by undercover American agents.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, investigation, mystery, undercover, police corruption, crimes, media, amateur detective, legal, law enforcement, journalism, political conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.5
 10K
Scenic Route (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Stranded on an isolated desert road, two life-long friends fight for survival as their already strained relationship spirals into knife-wielding madness.
Style: tense, realistic, serious
Plot: desert, friends, fight, breaking point, isolation, murder, stupidity, on the road, workaholic, confined, summer, brawl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Tennessee Waltz (1989)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: Switzerland, West Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When entertainment lawyer Wolfgang Leighton decides to take a break from business for some fishing in Tennessee's backwoods, he ends up embroiled in a bank robbery and murder. Pursued by the killers, he's running from the police and a ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: fishing, life is a bitch, law enforcement, crime, heroes, deadly, intrigue, false accusation, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), dishonesty, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
A Second Chance (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Detectives and best friends Andreas and Simon lead vastly different lives; Andreas has settled down with his beautiful wife and son; while Simon, recently divorced, spends most of his waking hours getting drunk at the local strip club. But all that ...
Style: touching, serious, tense, rough, realistic ...
Plot: life turned upside down, losing-it hero, social decay, babies and infants, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, moral dilemma, society, law enforcement, injustice, family tragedy, domestic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.9
 439
The Box (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An ex-con tries to go straight but also wants to get back money he's owed for the job that put him in prison. He meets a waitress who's also seen her share of trouble and they start up a tenuous relationship. Then there's a murder and ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: going straight, criminal heroes, lovers on the run, starting over, love affair, haunted by the past, couples, woman in danger, hopes, crimes, love and romance, criminal's revenge ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Memory of a Killer (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Vincke and Verstuyft are one of the best detective teams of the Antwerp police force. When they are confronted with the disappearance of a top official and the murder of two prostitutes, the trail leads to the almost retired assassin Angelo Ledda. ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, rough, psychological ...
Plot: hitman, murder, police investigation, criminal's revenge, race against time, memory loss, mental illness, one last job, law enforcement, unlikely partners, deadly, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: antwerp, brussels, belgium, europe, marseille ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.8
 608
Ghosted (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: ‘GHOSTED’ tells a story of survival inside a British Prison. Jack a model prisoner, has kept his head down and done his time. After his wife confirms that she is leaving him, on the anniversary of their son’s death, the only thing that keeps ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, bleak, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison life, prison, survival, haunted by the past, danger, criminal heroes, crimes, confined, prison fight, prison rape, strong violent content, prison guard ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The story of former UVF member Alistair Little. Twenty-five years after Little killed Joe Griffen's brother, the media arrange an auspicious meeting between the two.
Style: psychological, rough, serious, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, vengeance, haunted by the past, reconciliation, life is a bitch, acceptance, murder, tv show, memory, ira, secrets, revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1975, 70s, 2000s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, london, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Mad Enough to Kill (1975)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A girl from an asylum is engaged as nurse to a small, spoiled orphan boy, whose uncle has evil designs on him, and who hopes to kill him and cast the blame on the girl.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: child in peril, crimes, nanny, law enforcement, dishonesty, danger, confined, frame up, woman in danger, family relations, kidnapping, violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: An account of early 1970s social activist Ira Einhorn, who allegedly murdered his girlfriend and then fled the country.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, life is a bitch, obsessive quest, on the run, dishonesty, domestic disturbance, amateur detective, protagonist as suspect, fugitives, law enforcement, investigation, manipulation ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, psychological, rough, based on true events ...
Plot: kidnapping, family problems, mind game, chase, police investigation, blackmail, death of child, reporter, missing person, confined, couple relations, child in peril ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Along Came a Spider (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When a teacher kidnaps a girl from a prestigious school, homicide detective, Alex Cross takes the case and teams up with young security agent, Jezzie Flannigan in hope of finding the girl and stopping the brutal psychopath. Every second counts as ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, surprise ending, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, profiler, police investigation, serial murder, kidnapping, psychologist, psychopath, crime, crimes, investigation, ransom, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
House of the Sleeping Beauties (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Edmond, a man in his sixties whose wife has recently passed away, is told about a secret establishment where men can spend an entire night in bed alongside beautiful, sleeping young women, who stretch, roll over and dream, but never awaken. ...
Style: psychological, serious, tense, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: mystery, haunted by the past, aging, sexual tension, obsession, secret, brothel, uncover truth, prostitute, dealing with death, elderly, golden years ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Christening (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Michal has what he always dreamed of: a beautiful wife named Magda, a newborn son, his own firm. He chooses an old friend, Janek, to be the godfather of his child. This is just the beginning of Michal's plan, who asks his friend to take an ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, bleak, gloomy
Plot: going straight, haunted by the past, friends, one more chance, crimes, life is a bitch, godparent, husband wife relationship, reform, criminal heroes, crime, sex scene ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.2
 388
Final Recourse (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A wealthy high powered woman suffers a horrible tragedy after which she descends into substance abuse,turning her back on her family. She later discovers that someone close to her may be behind her subsequent abduction and kidnapping.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: addiction, life turned upside down, faked death, car accident, home invasion, kidnapping, husband wife relationship, abduction, life is a bitch, crimes, confined, crime gone awry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
 2.9
 133
Good Chemistry (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After picking up an alluring woman,Toby, a gifted chemist slumming as a high school teacher, is kidnapped by her violent boyfriend and ordered to use his skills to create methamphetamine for a group of drug traffickers. When Toby refuses, his ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, kidnapping, deadly, drug abuse, crimes, danger, on the run, dishonesty, drug dealing, cons and scams, frame up, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.6
 10K
The Collector (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Freddie is an inept bank clerk with no future. His only hobby is collecting butterflies, which gives him a feeling of power and control that is otherwise totally missing from his life. He comes into a large sum of money, and buys himself a country ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, psychopath, obsession, collector, mentally unstable, woman in danger, dangerous attraction, danger, confined, missing person, captivity, butterfly ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 4.3
 516
Travellers (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Four friends set out on a motorcycle adventure weekend, clocking up miles in an attempt to outrun their age and urban lifestyles. After bartering with a local land owner for a place to set up camp, they spend the night reminiscing over their wasted ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, rough, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, murder, danger, crimes, captivity, haunted by the past, confined, wilderness, buddies, escapades, in the woods, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Big Picture (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Paul Exben is a success story – partner in one of Paris's most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house, glamorous wife and two sons straight out of a Gap catalog. But when he finds out that Sarah, his wife, is cheating on him with Greg ...
Style: sincere, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: downfall, law firm, infidelity, redemption, couples, starting over, haunted by the past, hotshot lawyer, accidental killing, disposing of a dead body, crimes of passion, cheating wife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, former yugoslavia, paris france, montenegro
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Cold Light of Day (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Netherlands, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A troubled detective befriends a single woman and her daughter with the intention of using them as bait for a serial killer.
Style: psychological, rough, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: obsession, serial killer, child abuse, con artists, unlikely criminals, law enforcement, crime, mystery, chases and races, obsessive quest, police corruption, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 455
Eat Your Bones (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 18 year old Jason Dorkel belongs to a community of gypsies. He is about to celebrate his baptism when his half-brother Fred returns after fifteen years in prison. Together, with their last brother, the violent, hot-headed Michael and their Christian ...
Style: tense, realistic, psychological, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, on the road, coming of age, youth, profanity, crimes, running from police, on the run, thief, rivalry, friendship, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.7
 3K
96 Minutes (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of 4 lives slammed together in a shocking moment. Intercutting between a carjacking and the separate stories of the 4 kids, we watch as they hurtle toward a life-changing end.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, best friends, hijacking, class differences, woman in danger, interracial friendship, father daughter relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, kidnapping, child with gun, one day ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%