Movies and TV shows like Defending Jacob

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Defending Jacob (2020)
 8.0
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Defending Jacob (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 402 min.
Story: A family’s lives are irreparably disrupted when the 14-year-old son is accused of murdering a fellow classmate.
Style: suspense, serious, captivating, social
Plot: false accusation of murder, murder investigation, family relations, death, police investigation, teenager, parents and children, assistant district attorney, doubt, uncover truth, social relations, pressure, trial, school, student, friendship, investigation, schoolboy, lie, boy, bullying, chase, fear, bully, father son relationship ...
Time: 2020s
Place: massachusetts

Most similar movies to Defending Jacob

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and suspense films and TV series with plots about murder, crimes, murder investigation, police investigation, crime, investigation and law enforcement mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like Defending Jacob: Secrets & Lies (2014), Knives Out (2019), Chiefs (1983), The Wide Net (2000), Broadchurch (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Secrets & Lies (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A man who finds the body of a young boy quickly becomes the prime murder suspect, putting his life and his family at risk.
Style: serious, tense, captivating, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: murder, protagonist as suspect, police investigation, murder suspect, uncover truth, crimes, law enforcement, mystery, family problems, deadly, family in crisis, loss of child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 381K
Knives Out (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his ...
Style: captivating, witty, exciting, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: murder mystery, eccentric family, mansion, investigation, murder investigation, private detective, murder, inheritance, house, crime, suspect, mystery killer ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.2
 1K
Chiefs (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 229 min.
Story: Three generations of police chiefs for a southern town go about their jobs while a serial murderer operates.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: murder, racism, small town, chief of police, police chief, murder investigation, society, life is a bitch, police investigation, deadly, investigation, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.4
 188
The Wide Net (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway
Duration: 176 min.
Story: Swedish miniseries based upon the novel of the same name by Håkan Nesser.
Style: serious, suspenseful, suspense, realistic
Plot: murder, mystery, uncover truth, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, deadly, prison, courtroom, crime, high school, stabbing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 8.4
 88K
Broadchurch (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
Story: The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.
Style: twists and turns, emotional, tense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, murder investigation, small town, uncover truth, multiple suspects, courtroom drama, loss of son, murder, partners, loss of child, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 8.2
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Columbo (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Columbo is a friendly, verbose, disheveled-looking police detective who is consistently underestimated by his suspects. Despite his unprepossessing appearance and apparent absentmindedness, he shrewdly solves all of his cases and secures all ...
Style: clever, witty, suspenseful, cynical, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, murder investigation, mind game, crime investigation, murder, homicide detective, riddles and clues, uncover truth, crime solving, unconventional method, crimes, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 9.0
 484K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: realistic, bleak, atmospheric, clever, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, crime, neo noir, investigation, crimes, partners, partners against crime, murder, uncover truth, troubled ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.2
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Deadwind (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Finland, Germany
Duration: 45 min.
Story: When Sofia Karppi, a detective in her 30's who is trying to get over her husband's death, discovers the body of a young woman on a construction site, she triggers a chain of events that threatens to destroy her life again.
Style: captivating, suspense, tense, suspenseful
Plot: homicide detective, female detective, murder, missing person, family relations, secret past, police, childhood trauma, widow, revenge, danger, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: finland, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 8.5
 13K
Masum (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Turkey
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Cevdet, a retired commissioner, and his wife spend their pensions in peace on a farm away from the city. Suddenly the life of the family is destroyed by the sudden arrival of a terrible news from the little son.
Style: serious, suspense, suspenseful, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, friendship, domestic violence, police, husband wife relationship, betrayal, murder, love, infidelity, psychological drama, family relations ...
Place: istanbul turkey, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Rizzoli & Isles (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Perhaps their strikingly different personalities make the relationship between detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles so effective. Jane, the only female cop in Boston's homicide division, is tough, relentless and rarely lets ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful
Audience: girls' night
Plot: female detective, police investigation, partners against crime, female protagonist, forensics, policewoman, best friends, homicide detective, crimes, coworker, crime, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 8.2
 64K
Sharp Objects (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 421 min.
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: bleak, suspense, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: murder investigation, mother daughter relationship, journalist, hometown, small town, self harm, family relations, haunted by the past, reporter, serial killer, filicide, investigative reporter ...
Place: missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Dublin Murders (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Two detectives are dispatched to investigate the murder of a young girl on the outskirts of Dublin, but as the case of the missing children intensifies, both are forced to confront the darkness that lies in their past.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: police detective, investigation, murder, dublin ireland, psychological trauma, corpse, police investigation, adaptation, weapons, blood, mass child killing, crimes
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 8.8
 169K
Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
Story: The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into ...
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: small town life, small town, investigation, who done it, murder, rape, death, crime, double life, special agents, secret, supernatural ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 4K
Modus (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Belgium, UK
Duration: 45 min.
Story: During a snowy Christmas season in Sweden, psychologist and profiler Inger Johanne Vik finds not only herself but also her autistic daughter drawn into the investigation of a number of disturbing deaths, through which she meets detective Ingvar ...
Style: suspense, psychological, tense, captivating
Plot: religious fanaticism, murder, criminal psychologist, serial killer, winter, uncover truth, crimes, family relations, danger, investigation, couples, death ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Cold Case (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she is assigned cases that have never been solved. Detective Lilly Rush combines her natural instincts with the updated technology available today to bring about ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: female detective, police detective, police investigation, crime, victim, uncover truth, murder investigation, rage, evidence, police, cold case, policewoman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1930s, 1990s, 2000s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.6
 179
Birthmarked (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 172 min.
Story: After the death of her mother, a young woman embarks on a hunt for several men, who appear to be connected by a piece of music, which she plays to each of them over the phone, before killing them.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: mystery, police investigation, deadly, crimes, rivalry, law enforcement, vengeance, murder, serial killer, female assassin, crime, diary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.4
 987
City Homicide (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
Story: City Homicide was an Australian television drama series that aired on the Seven Network between 27 August 2007 and 30 March 2011. The series was set on the Homicide floor of a metropolitan police headquarters in Melbourne. The main characters were ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, fighting crime, dishonesty, who done it, uncover truth, police corruption, partners against crime, danger, partners, mystery, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Without a Trace (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Without a Trace was an American police procedural television drama series that originally ran on CBS from September 26, 2002 to May 19, 2009. The series follows the ventures of a Missing Persons Unit of the FBI in New York City.
Style: serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, murder, police detective, kidnapping, fbi, crime, police investigation, crimes, race against time, partners against crime, graphic violence, murder investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The Clovehitch Killer (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenage boy begins to suspect that his wholesome, all-American dad is actually the serial killer terrorizing their small town.
Style: psychological thriller, suspense, enigmatic, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, dark past, investigation, father son relationship, church, sadistic psychopath, boy scout, teenage boy, murder, double life, mysterious villain, friendship ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 70s
Place: midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.5
 2K
The Fix (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: High-profile district attorney Maya Travis fled L.A. after devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. Eight years later, the same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, and Maya is lured back to the DA’s ...
Style: serious, twists and turns, exciting, captivating, realistic
Plot: district attorney, lawyer, murder, celebrity, evidence, criminal, revenge, stalker, career, wife abuse, murder investigation, family relations ...
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Briarpatch (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Dogged investigator Allegra Dill returns to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered. What begins as a search for a killer turns into an all-consuming fight to bring her corrupt hometown to its knees.
Style: captivating, bleak, disturbing, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: murder investigation, corrupt police, murder, corruption, police corruption, gun, car bomb, danger, disorder, violence, crimes, police ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Before and After (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two parents deal with the effects when their son is accused of murdering his girlfriend.
Style: serious, suspenseful, suspense, melancholic, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, small town, investigation, teenage life, parents and children, family problems, mystery, accidental death, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, murder investigation, family relations, car trouble ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Detective Inspector Irene Huss: The Torso (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: On a beach in Gothenburg found parts of a dismembered man's body. The only thing that is going on, a tattoo on the torso. Irene Huss find a similar previous cases that will take her to Copenhagen, where she is forced to look for a friend's ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, deadly, victim, husband wife relationship, murder investigation, body mutilation, violence, tattoo parlor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Movie in collections
 8.6
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Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have ...
Style: clever, captivating, serious, dark humor, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, vigilantism, double life, hidden identity, corpse, crimes, forensics, right and wrong, crime, loner, gory, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.6
 4K
Stranger (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Hwang Shi-Mok had brain surgery when he was a child, which caused him to lack emotion. Now, Hwang Shi-Mok works as a prosecutor. He is rational, but cold and lonely. He is also one of the only prosecutors not involved in corruption. One day, a dead ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, captivating, psychological
Plot: politics, investigation, corruption, prosecutor, crimes, murder investigation, police corruption, colleague colleague relationship, friendship, dishonesty, serial killer, police ...
Place: korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.5
 114K
The Night Of (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 525 min.
Story: After a night of partying with a female stranger, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.
Style: tense, serious, suspense, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, murder investigation, lawyer, crimes, crime, investigation, courtroom, murder trial, justice, secrets, vengeance, violent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2014
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.9
 39K
Numb3rs (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Inspired by actual cases and experiences, Numb3rs depicts the confluence of police work and mathematics in solving crime as an FBI agent recruits his mathematical genius brother to help solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles from a ...
Style: tense, serious, suspense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: genius, crime, fbi, prodigy, mathematics, murder investigation, police detective, crimes, workplace, profiler, partners against crime, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Behind Closed Doors (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: La Casa de al Lado is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo. This mystery is a remake of Chilean telenovela La familia de al lado produced by TVN in 2010-2011 and is being adapted by the ...
Style: captivating, serious, sentimental, suspense, saga ...
Plot: rivalry, family feud, family problems, couples, couple relations, uncover truth, family life, mystery, intrigue, dishonesty, estate, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.5
 348
Kojak (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, law enforcement, fighting crime, crimes, tough law enforcer, cop witness relations, serial killer, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, gang, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.5
 4K
Midnight Sun (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, France
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Kahina Zadi, 32, a French police officer travels to Kiruna in Sweden to investigate the bestial murder of a French citizen. Together with Anders, a Swedish prosecutor of Sami origin, she begins an investigation. Soon new killings start to happen and ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, suspenseful, captivating, suspense
Plot: murder investigation, serial killer, murder, conspiracy, homicide detective, symbol, small town, frenchwoman, danger, crimes, assassination plot, female protagonist ...
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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