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Traces of Sin (2016)
 6.7
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Traces of Sin (2016)
Original name: 愚行録
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Tanaka is going through a tough time trying to support his younger sister Mitsuko, recently arrested and hold up in jail. As an investigative reporter, he immerses himself into a story about a shocking murder case gone cold; a family was brutally murdered a year ago and the case remains unsolved.
Style: disturbing, enigmatic, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: murder, mystery, family, journalism, family secret, investigative reporter, child abuse, murder of family, manipulation, cold case, planting evidence, incest, journalist, cafe, reporter, lacrosse, cigarette smoking, japanese woman, newspaper, sex with coworker, university student, solitary, missing friend, flashback, wreath ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and captivating films with plots about murder, crimes, mystery, deadly, dishonesty, investigation and uncover truth mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like Traces of Sin: The Mystery of Rampo (1994), Slap the Monster on Page One (1972), The River King (2005), UV (2007), Stunts (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Mystery of Rampo (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Edogawa Rampo is a writer whose latest work is censored by the government, deemed too disturbing and injurious to the public to be allowed to be published. However, after burning his drafts, his publisher shows him a newspaper with an account of ...
Style: sexual, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, sexy ...
Plot: murder, writers, investigation, mind game, danger, writer's life, mystery, artists and showbiz, sexual relations, dangerous attraction, obsession, who done it ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Slap the Monster on Page One (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: 1972, Milano. We are just a few days before the general elections. The daughter of a well-known professor is found dead. Mr Bizanti editor in chief of newspaper "Il Giornale", in agreement with its owner Mr. Montelli, decides to charge of ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, captivating, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: journalism, politics, murder, media, crimes, rebellion, manipulations, legal, investigation, state affairs, society, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: italy, milan italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The River King (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after discovering from the boy's girlfriend, Carlin, that he was ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, enigmatic, disturbing, suspense
Plot: uncover truth, murder, mystery, investigation, deadly, school, teenager, dishonesty, danger, chase, student life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 5.6
 393
UV (2007)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: During the absence of Philipp, in his house appears the stranger, who calls himself Boris. He says that he was the school comrade of Philipp and it arrived to visit old friend. Boris charms all households and remains to await Philipp. Only one ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, psychological, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: murder, family relations, mystery, crimes, hidden identity, danger, estate, mysterious character, dishonesty, stranger, paranoia, mysterious past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, saint tropez, provence
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 5.5
 529
Stunts (1977)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After a stunt man dies while he is involved in the making of a motion picture, his brother takes his place in order to find out what really happened.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: filmmaking, murder, danger, investigation, mystery, amateur detective, crimes, who done it, stuntman, best friends, journalism, deadly ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 4.7
 930
Paradise (2003)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Action, Crime
Country: Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Tabloid journalist Annika Bengtzon is writing about a murder in the port of Stockholm and she suspects that the Yugoslav mafia is involved. However, she also finds links to a foundation that runs a shelter for battered women, Paradiset. Looking for ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: murder, journalism, investigation, mystery, woman in danger, danger, haunted by the past, crimes, deadly, family problems, scoop, female reporter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.4
 11K
Shock Corridor (1963)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Determined to pull in the Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett will go to any length necessary to win the coveted award. When he learns of an unsolved murder committed at a mental institution, Barrett devises a scheme to solve it and earn himself ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: mental institution, murder, mental illness, investigation, doctors and patients, journalism, losing-it hero, power relations, uncover truth, insanity, psychiatrist, stripper ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, mount fuji, united states, usa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.5
 533
Innocent (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Torchwood) stars as Rusty Sabich, a judge charged with the murder of his wife, a situation that comes 20 years after he was cleared in the death of his mistress. During this latest trial, a secret affair from ...
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: legal, murder, mystery, courtroom drama, crimes, dishonesty, lawyer, legal investigation, father son relationship, uncover truth, couple relations, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Ten Days Wonder (1971)
Genre: Mystery, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Anthony Perkins, a young sculptor with a weird penchant for waking up in strange hotels with his memory wiped clean and bloodied hands, invites a former professor (Michel Piccoli) to the Gatsby-like provincial manor presided over by his powerful ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: murder, love and romance, crime, deadly, unlikely criminals, crimes, amateur detective, riddles and clues, adoption, love triangle, family in crisis, parents and children ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Wandering Soul Murders (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Widowed Joanne Kilbourn is an ex-police officer turned criminology professor. Her husband Ian was the Ontario provincial Attorney General when he was murdered, the murder never solved. Her current home life is on the most part a happy one, except ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, serious, realistic, mind bending
Plot: prostitute, murder, riddles and clues, police detective, police investigation, amateur detective, mystery, journalism, false accusation, who done it, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Masquerade Hotel (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Three murder cases take place in Tokyo. Numbers are left at the murder scenes, possibly hinting at where the next murder will take place. An investigation begins of the serial killer and Detective Kosuke Nitta (Takuya Kimura) works on the case. He ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, realistic, suspense, disturbing
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder mystery, japanese woman, murder, deadly, police investigation, crimes, police detective, danger, riddles and clues, investigation, workplace situations, evidence ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.6
 7K
Agnes of God (1985)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a dead newborn is found, wrapped in bloody sheets, in the bedroom wastebasket of a young novice, psychiatrist Martha Livingston is called in to determine if the seemingly innocent novice, who knows nothing of sex or birth, is competent enough ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: nun, psychiatrist, trial, murder, hypnosis, convent, mystery, investigation, crimes, life is a bitch, deadly, clergy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: montreal, quebec, canada, montreal quebec, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Deadly Secrets by the Lake (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A decorated NYPD detective returns to her hometown after her sister is charged with the murder of her boss and attempts to make amends with her estranged family while exposing the dark underbelly of a long-suppressed secret that threatens to tear ...
Style: enigmatic, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: murder, whodunit, lake, murder investigation, who done it, mystery, secret, mysterious villain, crimes, small town, suspicion, mysterious place ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Snow White Murder Case (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Duration: 126 min.
Story: Beautiful Noriko Miki works at a cosmetic company. One day, Noriko is murdered. People begin to suspect her co-worker Miki Shirono might have killed her. Television begins to cover her story. A TV show interviews Miki Shirono's colleagues, ...
Style: tense, captivating, suspense, enigmatic
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Time: 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.3
 237
Her Fatal Flaw (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: If you think your dating life is hard, check out what happens to poor Laney! Talk about a love hangover: The nice guy this prominent attorney spent last night with winds up being the main suspect in the brutal murder of a Chicago city councilman. If ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Storyville (1992)
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Duration: 113 min.
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Sins of the Preacher (2013)
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Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.1
 425
Extramarital (1998)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An aspiring writer gets involved in the investigation of her best friend after she is killed while having an affair.
Style: suspenseful, sexual, realistic, serious, sexy ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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McBride: The Chameleon Murder (2005)
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Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, twists and turns
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 4K
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Suspect X (2008)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.7
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Killer Hair (2009)
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Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A fashion reporter stumbles on a murder investigation in the Nation's Capitol, only to be thrown for a loop when her police detective former lover is assigned to the case.
Style: suspenseful, serious, humorous, suspense, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Kissed by Winter (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Norway
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Following her son's death, Victoria moves to a small community to work as a doctor at the local clinic. She attempts to forget and move on with her life but finds it impossible when a local boy is found dead in the snow and Victoria must tell ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 99 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Million Dollar Murder (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada
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Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, mind bending
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Duration: 87 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Thirteenth Tale (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Margaret Lea, a young biographer, attempts to interview writer Vida Winter, whose health is deteriorating. Vida has previously denied access to the secrets of her life and childhood home. Vida tells her story to Margaret, helping Margaret to ...
Style: gothic, captivating, serious, touching, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
An Amish Murder (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
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Style: suspenseful, rough, mind bending, serious, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%