Movies and TV shows like The Act

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The Act (2019)
 8.0
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The Act (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Dee Dee Blanchard is overprotective of her daughter, Gypsy, who is trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her mother. Gypsy's quest for independence opens up a Pandora's box of secrets, which ultimately leads to murder. The stranger-than-fiction true-crime series is based on a 2016 BuzzFeed article that detailed the shocking 2015 crime. Oscar winner Patricia Arquette and Oscar nominee Chloë Sevigny star in the Hulu original series.
Style: suspense, rough, disturbing, based on true events, thought provoking, anthology, humorous
Plot: overprotective parent, treatment, pretense, teenage life, deception, mother daughter relationship, true crime, mockery, fake illness, court, murder of mother, manipulation, hate, trial, court martial, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, murder investigation, mental illness, mutilation, neighbor neighbor relationship, legal action, grownups, love
Place: usa

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Most similar movies to The Act

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, suspenseful, rough and tense films and TV series with plots about crimes, murder, true crime, police, murder investigation, police investigation and police detective mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Act: Escape at Dannemora (2018), Love You To Death (2019), Ratched (2020), A Confession (2019), The Lost Wife of Robert Durst (2017). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Escape at Dannemora (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 440 min.
TV show
Story: The stranger-than-fiction account of a prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015, which spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became ...
Style: based on true events, melancholic, captivating, twists and turns, atmospheric
Plot: prison escape, prison life, love triangle, prison guard, prison, escape, crime, prisoner, deception, crimes, love affair, escape plan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Love You To Death (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story, this film tells the shocking tale of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder.
Style: rough, thought provoking, disturbing, suspense
Plot: mother daughter relationship, murder of mother, murder investigation, hate, mental illness, love, deception, pretense, treatment, grownups, mockery, teenage life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
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Ratched (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
TV show
Story: An origins story, beginning in 1947, which follows Ratched's journey and evolution from nurse to full-fledged monster tracking her murderous progression through the mental health care system.
Style: sexy, disturbing, suspense, tense, brutal ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mental institution, strong sexual content, lesbian relationship, lesbian romance, manipulative woman, mutilation, lesbian, lobotomy, psychiatric nurse, medical malpractice, body horror, fatal attraction ...
Time: 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 6K
A Confession (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher intends on catching a killer of a missing woman, even if that may cost him his career and reputation.
Style: based on true events, suspenseful, suspense, tense
Plot: true crime, police, murder, murder investigation, police investigation, police detective, missing person, hopes, danger, deadly, life philosophy, dialogue ...
Time: year 2014, year 2016, year 2012, year 2011
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Lost Wife of Robert Durst (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Young and wide-eyed, Kathie falls in love with charming yet quirky real estate scion Robert Durst, only to find their marriage turning stranger, darker and more disturbing as time passes.
Style: thought provoking, based on true events, serious, suspense
Plot: jealous husband, missing wife, murder, unsolved crime, schizophrenia, disappearance, dysfunctional marriage, husband wife relationship, killing a dog, domestic violence, family business, marital problem ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.4
 33K
Compliance (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sandra is the manager at a fast-food restaurant, and Becky is her teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day, a police officer telephones and accuses Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which Becky vehemently ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: manipulation, female removes her clothes, sexual humiliation, false accusation, boss and employee, telephone call, dishonesty, human nature, police investigation, moral dilemma, power relations, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, ohio, new jersey, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.9
 98K
The Sinner (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A young mother kills in a fit of unexplainable rage a seemingly stranger. An inquisitive detective obsesses over the case, attempting to get to the bottom of the true motive behind the act.
Style: melancholic, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: psychological trauma, memory loss, murder investigation, manslaughter, murder, psychiatrist, sister sister relationship, sisterhood, sex scene, drugs, investigation, revenge ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 3.6
 455
Game Over (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Finland, Spain, UK, Sweden
Duration: 85 min.
Story: ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, psychological, bleak, rough
Plot: true crime, court, murder, murder trial, trial, murder investigation, friendship, friend, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, police, double murder, prison ...
Place: finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.2
 18K
Dirty John (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Anthology series in which each season is based on a true crime story featuring an epic tale of love gone wrong.
Style: based on true events, meditative, bleak, melancholic, serious ...
Plot: single woman, con artists, businessman, male female relationship, deception, dishonesty, lie, relationship problems, manipulation, tragic love, mystery, violence ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Love, Lies and Murder (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
TV show
Story: This movie, based on the true story, begins with the murder of a housewife. When troubled teenage daughter confesses the crime, it looks like a solved case. But, the investigators are suspicious because of the lack of motive and spend years trying ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, mind bending
Plot: murder, older man younger woman relationship, infidelity, pregnancy, betrayal, investigation, mind game, family relations, manipulation, vengeance, who done it, false accusation ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Deliberate Stranger (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 185 min.
TV show
Story: Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a law student and where other girls disappear. It takes the ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, psychological, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, psychopath, murder, true crime, chases and races, rapist, false accusation, obsession, uncover truth, courtroom drama, track down ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: utah, colorado, usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The disturbing true-story of Lisa McVey, who was abducted in 1984 but later released by her abuser, only to have people question her story.
Style: suspense, rough, suspenseful, touching, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, true crime, psychopath, rape, police detective, parents and children, autobiography, abduction, kidnapping, kidnapped, murderer, kidnapped girl ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
To Catch a Killer (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 182 min.
TV show
Story: "To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer who raped and murdered over 30 young boys.
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, investigation, psychopath, police detective, murder, handcuffs, special agents, missing person, small town life, teenage life, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 21K
Devil's Knot (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, bleak, factual, based on true events ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, life is a bitch, legal investigation, satanism, jury, police interrogation, crime scene, crimes, investigation, murder investigation, private detective ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1993
Place: arkansas, usa, memphis, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.1
 80K
Sharp Objects (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 421 min.
TV show
Story: Reporter Camille Preaker confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls.
Style: psychological, suspense, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: murder investigation, self harm, mother daughter relationship, mystery, hometown, journalist, small town, murder, haunted by the past, family relations, reporter, alcoholic ...
Place: missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Little Boy Blue (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Based on a true story that shocked a nation, this powerful four-part factual drama, from BAFTA winning writer and executive producer Jeff Pope (Appropriate Adult, The Widower), centres on the devastating impact on a city of an innocent child’s ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, captivating
Plot: murder, police detective, murder investigation, true crime, justice, police investigation, danger, dishonesty, grieving mother, questioned by police, british police, 11 year old ...
Time: year 2007
Place: liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Helter Skelter (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 194 min.
TV show
Story: The investigation of two horrific mass murders leads to the capture and trial of the psychotic pseudo-hippie Charles Manson and his "family".
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, hippie, death sentence, charles manson, rivalry, police investigation, crimes, life is a bitch, rebellion, crime, dedicated lawyer, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.2
 4K
Three Girls (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: The story of three of the children who were victims in the 2012 grooming and sex trafficking case in Rochdale, for which nine men were convicted and sentenced. The drama explores how these girls were groomed, how they were ignored by the authorities ...
Style: captivating, suspense, psychological, tense
Plot: rape, police investigation, sex trafficking, court case, human trafficking, teenage girl, pakistani, friendship, working class, underage sex, true crime, child trafficking ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Investigation (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 262 min.
TV show
Story: Copenhagen Police's Homicide unit, headed by Jens Møller, tries to solve the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.
Style: suspense, disturbing, tense, intellectual, suspenseful ...
Plot: journalist, female journalist, murder investigation, police investigation, police, murder of a woman, brutal murder, true crime, murder, investigation, uncover truth, psycho killer ...
Time: 21st century
Place: copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Bonnie & Clyde (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
TV show
Story: Bonnie and Clyde is a two-part film about two Depression-era outlaws, starring Emile Hirsch as Clyde Barrow and Holliday Grainger as Bonnie Parker. It is based on the true story of Clyde Barrow, a charismatic convicted armed robber who sweeps Bonnie ...
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: lovers on the run, murderous pair, robbery, criminal heroes, partners in crime, love and romance, couples, notoriety, violence spree, gang, partners, crime ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.5
 387
Kojak (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A bald police detective with a righteous attitude battles crime on his hometurf.
Style: stylized, rough, serious, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, hotshot hero, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, crimes, law enforcement, cop witness relations, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, gang, serial killer, murder investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Infiltrator (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A U.S Customs official uncovers a massive money laundering scheme involving Pablo Escobar.
Style: suspense, tense, realistic, based on true events, factual ...
Plot: money laundering, drug lord, drug cartel, undercover, federal agent, death, fear, investigation, secret agents, drug addiction, addiction, crime ...
Time: 80s, year 1985, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Cult leader Warren Jeffs rises to power in the polygamist Mormon sect once headed by his late father, but some of his wives fight back to bring him to justice. Based on a true story.
Style: factual, thought provoking, serious, rough
Plot: forced sex, mormon, prison, true crime, isolated community, sex scandal, sexualized violence, religious fanatic, scandal, rapist, sexual abuse, religions or cults ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.1
 28K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.1
 12K
Aquarius (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: In the late 1960s, a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” The name of that man is Charles Manson.
Style: tense, stylized, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cult, police detective, missing person, police investigation, crimes, murder, hippie, interrogation, policewoman, police, name calling, teenage girl ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1968 ...
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.4
 1K
Thief (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Andre Braugher stars as Nick Atwater, the leader of a robbery crew balancing his personal life with the planning of a major heist. The crew is being targeted by a relentless cop and the Chinese mafia every step of the way, while Atwater struggles at ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: thief, heist, police detective, career criminal, teenage life, police corruption, master criminal, law enforcement, rivalry, crimes, outlaw, criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006
Place: new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
 3K
The Method (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: The main character is an extraordinary and mysterious person, at the same time, he (Rodion Meglin) is an outstanding inspector. Rodion is used to work alone in order to keep the secrecy of his unusual method. Young graduate Esenya Steklova is ...
Style: suspense, psychological, exciting, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: investigation, mental illness, serial killer, danger, psychosis, murder, haunted by the past, brutality, crimes, human nature, uncover truth, good versus evil ...
Time: year 2015
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.6
 221
Strangled (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hungary
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: In 1960s socialist Hungary, a serial killer targeting young women torments a small town and the determined detective on his trail. Based on true events.
Style: enigmatic, rough, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: maniac, serial killer, false accusation, murder mystery, mystery, police, brutality, who done it, character study, psychology, uncover truth, suspicion ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Pembrokeshire Murders (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 144 min.
TV show
Story: Detective superintendent reopens two unsolved murder cases from the 1980s. Forensic methods link the crimes to a string of burglaries. Steve's team has to find more evidence before the perpetrator is released from prison.
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, police detective, murder investigation, cold case, convicted felon, true crime, investigation, police, unsolved crime, father son relationship, double murder, who done it ...
Time: 2000s
Place: britain, wales, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
American Gothic (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
Story: A prominent Boston family attempts to redefine itself in the wake of a chilling discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades — amid the mounting suspicion that one of them may have been his ...
Style: tense, suspense, captivating, disturbing, enigmatic
Plot: murder, murder investigation, family secret, dysfunctional family, suspicion, serial killer, cover up, betrayal, secret, family secrets, family relations, husband wife relationship ...
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%