Movies and TV shows like Alcatraz

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Alcatraz (2012)
 6.9
 40K
Alcatraz (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Alcatraz is an American television series created by Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, and produced by J. J. Abrams and Bad Robot Productions. The series premiered on Fox on January 16, 2012, as a mid-season replacement. Switching between eras, the series focuses on the Alcatraz prison, which was allegedly shut down in 1963 due to unsafe conditions for its prisoners and guards. The show's premise is that both the prisoners and the guards disappeared in 1963 and have abruptly reappeared in modern-day San Francisco, where they are being tracked down by a government agency. The series starred Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill and Parminder Nagra. The show was cancelled on May 9, 2012.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric, mind bending, stylized, serious
Plot: prison, time travel, uncover truth, investigation, twists and turns, murderer, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, warden, manhunt, existence paradox, mystery, escaped prisoner, police detective, mysterious place, expert, hidden truth, merciless, government facility, secret agenda, island, conspiracy, dishonesty, disappearance ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 60s, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco

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Most similar movies to Alcatraz

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and tense films and TV series with plots about crimes, law enforcement, mystery, murder, investigation, police investigation and uncover truth mostly in Mystery, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Alcatraz: The 4400 (2004), Prison Break (2005), The X-Files (1993), The Blacklist (2013), Sherlock (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
 46K
The 4400 (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: 4400 centers on the return of 4400 people who, previously presumed dead or reported missing, reappear on Earth. Though they have not aged physically, some of them seem to have deeper alterations ranging from superhuman strength to an unexplained ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: quarantine, missing person, time travel, supernatural, special agents, murderer, investigation, foreknowledge, cure, psychic, ufo, distopia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s
Place: usa, washington d.c., seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 535K
Prison Break (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out.
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, fugitives, determination, escape, prison life, confined, scheme, fbi, conspiracy, brother, self sacrifice, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: texas, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.6
 226K
The X-Files (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to ...
Style: captivating, psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, teens
Plot: supernatural, ufo, investigation, fbi, paranormal investigation, top secret, alien abduction, alien contact, alien, special agents, conspiracy, paranormal activity ...
Time: future, 90s, 2010s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: usa, arizona, phoenix arizona, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.0
 249K
The Blacklist (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In ...
Style: tense, serious, captivating, exciting, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, investigation, unlikely partners, master criminal, special agents, intrigue, partners, law enforcement, secret, mind game, crimes, killings ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 2010s, 2020s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 9.1
 923K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
TV show
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: clever, witty, captivating, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sherlock holmes, investigation, mastermind, murder mystery, private detective, friendship, partners, british, riddles and clues, mind game, intelligence, talented ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, scotland yard, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 120K
Lie to Me (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: The world's leading deception researcher, Dr. Cal Lightman, studies facial expression, body language and tone of voice to determine when a person is lying and why, which helps law enforcement and government agencies uncover the truth. But his ...
Style: clever, psychological, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, talented, expert, deception, psychology, crime investigation, crimes, riddles and clues, outsmarting, human nature, lie, sign language ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Persons Unknown (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Persons Unknown is an American mystery drama television series that revolves around strangers who are imprisoned inside a small ghost town. The thirteen-episode summer series premiered on June 7, 2010 at 10:00 p.m. on NBC. On June 30, NBC moved the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, captivating, mind bending, tense ...
Plot: group of strangers, mysterious place, riddles and clues, trapped, confined, experiment, captivity, mystery, isolation, manipulation, twists and turns, abduction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.9
 568K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
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: neo noir, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic, clever ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, investigation, police detective, murder, murder investigation, murderer, crimes, drinking problem, partners, partners against crime, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
 7.9
 11K
Rubicon (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Rubicon is an American television series that centers on an intelligence analyst at a national think tank in New York City called the American Policy Institute, who discovers that he may be working with members of a secret society that manipulates ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, suspenseful, political ...
Plot: conspiracy, espionage, twists and turns, uncover truth, prodigy, analyst, surveillance, boss, undercover, spy, government agency, government facility ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Secrets and Lies (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Detective Andrea Cornell is a tough, thorough Homicide Detective who leaves no stone unturned. Her unwavering dedication to her job makes her the most formidable opponent - or a highly valuable ally.
Style: captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: family in crisis, investigation, murder, family problems, law enforcement, uncover truth, who done it, family relations, police investigation, murder mystery, mystery, child killer ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Murder Room (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: The lease on the Dupayne Museum is almost up and under the terms of their father's will, all three of the Dupayne children must agree to continue or the museum is to close. Neville Dupayne is dead set against continuing the museum when the ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, mind bending ...
Plot: museum, mystery, investigation, uncover truth, mind game, police detective, who done it, murder, crimes, law enforcement, dishonesty, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.3
 34K
Life (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Complex, offbeat Detective Charlie Crews returns to the force after serving time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Crews’ new lease on life has provided him with a Zen-like outlook, peace of mind and no need for vengeance, an attitude ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, tense, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, ex convict, police detective, uncover truth, homicide detective, frame up, police investigation, murder, partners against crime, suspicion, police, lapd ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Without a Trace (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder investigation, murder, kidnapping, police, missing person, female detective, criminal, police detective, crime investigation, fbi, partners, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.6
 19K
The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: A murdered body on a bridge between El Paso and Juarez bring together El Paso detective Sonya Cross and Chihuahua State Police detective Marco Ruiz.
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police detective, twists and turns, partners, policewoman, murder, drug cartel, police investigation, interrogation, u.s. mexico border, corruption, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Shadow Line (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A noir thriller with diverse individuals whose worlds become interwoven after the murder of drug baron Harvey Wratten. From the cop with a bullet in his brain, whose amnesia leaves him doubtful of his own moral compass; to the drug-lord driven by a ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, who to trust, police corruption, uncover truth, investigation, conspiracy, mysterious character, hitman, forensics, life is a bitch, one last job, obsession ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
 3K
Happy Town (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The residents of Haplin, Minnesota - also known as "Happy Town" - have enjoyed an uneasy peace while haunted by a number of unsolved kidnappings. Now facing a disturbing new crime that brings unresolved fears to the surface, Haplin's ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: twists and turns, investigation, kidnapping, missing person, supernatural, who done it, multiple suspects, paranormal activity, uncover truth, mystery, crimes, mysterious death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 7K
Nash Bridges (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Nash Bridges is an American television police drama created by Carlton Cuse. The show starred Don Johnson and Cheech Marin as two Inspectors with the San Francisco Police Department's Special Investigations Unit. The show ran for six seasons on ...
Style: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, law enforcement, fighting crime, partners, crimes, police investigation, parents and children, rivalry, workplace, single parent, family problems, best friend ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.6
 61K
Flashforward (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: When the entire world blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds, everyone sees a flash of their own future 6 months from the present. For some, the future is hopeful, while for others, it is unexpected. For a few, it doesn't seem to ...
Style: suspenseful, mind bending, stylized, surreal, tense ...
Plot: investigation, time traveler, destiny, time travel, special agents, time loop, direction and purpose, partners, uncover truth, foreknowledge, supernatural, worldwide chaos ...
Time: 21st century, near future, 2010s, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
 8.3
 36K
Columbo (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
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, captivating, cynical, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: police detective, homicide detective, murder, crime solving, murder investigation, crime investigation, mind game, police protagonist, riddles and clues, basset hound, crimes, police ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.4
 28K
The Killing (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany
Duration: 57 min.
TV show
Story: The Killing is a Danish police procedural set in the Copenhagen main police department and revolves around Detective Inspector Sarah Lund and her team, with each season series following a different murder case day-by-day and a one-hour episode ...
Style: psychological, gloomy, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: mystery, murder, policewoman, homicide detective, whodunit, murder mystery, police investigation, who done it, murder investigation, murderer, serial killer, police detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen, scandinavia, eastern europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.5
 2K
Collision (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 201 min.
TV show
Story: Collision is a five-part television drama miniseries, which debuted on ITV & UTV in November 2009. In the same month, it was also on PBS as a series in two parts. It tells the story of a group of strangers whose lives intertwine following a ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful
Plot: police detective, road accident, police investigation, police, car accident, life is a bitch, crimes, stranger, mystery, twists and turns, uncover truth, police officer ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 4.7
 542
The Front (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A detective uncovers a sinister conspiracy when he is sent to research a disintegrating neighborhood for a public relations campaign.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating, realistic
Plot: police investigation, mystery, uncover truth, police detective, crimes, law enforcement, partners, workplace, murder, lifetime, strong female presence, fighting crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 204
The Wide Net (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway
Duration: 176 min.
TV show
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, law enforcement, crimes, courtroom, prison, nypd, drowning, fictional country, wrongful conviction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 58K
CSI: Miami (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: CSI: Miami follows Crime Scene Investigators working for the Miami-Dade Police Department as they use physical evidence, similar to their Las Vegas counterparts, to solve grisly murders. The series mixes deduction, gritty subject matter, and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, contemplative
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: investigation, policewoman, forensics, murder, workplace situations, workplace, medical examiner, police detective, law enforcement, crimes, police, riddles and clues ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.6
 19K
Criminal: UK (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Within the walls of an interrogation room and with time running out, London investigators go after three suspects, each accused of a grievous crime.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, tense, clever ...
Plot: interrogation, police, investigator, who done it, criminal, investigation, law enforcer, mystery, partners against crime, crimes, coworker, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.4
 137K
Luther (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A dark psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as Luther, a man struggling with his own terrible demons, who might be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts.
Style: atmospheric, tense, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: uncover truth, murder, crimes, talented, police investigation, partners, police detective, law enforcement, cruelty, forensics, psychopath, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, united kingdom, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.1
 4K
Unit 1 (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 75 min.
TV show
Story: Rejseholdet is a Danish television crime series starring Charlotte Fich, Mads Mikkelsen and Lars Brygmann. Produced by Danmarks Radio, the program aired 32 episodes spanning four seasons from 2000 to 2004. Each episode revolved around an elite ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, fighting crime, police, murder, murder mystery, murder investigation, law enforcement, crimes, murderer, investigation, teamwork, partners against crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 259
Murders in... (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: Murders in... is a collection of French-Belgian police TV movies taking place each time in a different French city and region.
Style: captivating, tense, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: murder investigation, investigation, murder, death, mystery, law enforcement, track down, friendship, vengeance, murderer, escapades, partners against crime ...
Time: 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.1
 13K
Truth Be Told (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Descend into the world of true-crime podcasts. New evidence compels podcaster Poppy Parnell to reopen the murder case that made her a media sensation.
Style: psychological, captivating, exciting, suspenseful, psychological thriller
Plot: mind game, crimes, investigation, law enforcement, crime scene, murder, murder mystery, intelligence, death, riddles and clues, twists and turns, private detective ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Killer Instinct (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Killer Instinct is an American crime drama television series filmed in Vancouver that originally aired on the Fox Network. The pilot episode aired on September 23, 2005, and the final episode aired on December 2, 2005. Fox ordered 13 episodes, only ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: police detective, police investigation, fighting crime, crimes, mystery, law enforcement, partners, policewoman, murder mystery, woman with a gun, crime investigation, buddy cop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%