Movies and TV shows like Alcatraz

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Alcatraz (2012)
 7.0
 39K
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, serious, twists and turns, mind bending, stylized
Plot: prison, time travel, uncover truth, investigation, police investigation, crimes, murderer, disappearance, law enforcement, warden, manhunt, island, conspiracy, dishonesty, buried truth, prison life, existence paradox, mystery, mysterious place, expert, merciless, government facility, secret agenda, confined, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa

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Most similar movies to Alcatraz

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and tense films and TV series with plots about crimes, mystery, law enforcement, police investigation, crime, murder and danger mostly in Drama, Mystery and Crime genres. Some movies like Alcatraz: Prison Break (2005), Fringe (2008), The X-Files (1993), The Blacklist (2013), Sherlock (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.3
 477K
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, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, escape, fugitives, conspiracy, confined, fbi, determination, self sacrifice, scheme, manhunt, fighting the system ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 221K
Fringe (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham, brilliant but formerly institutionalized scientist Walter Bishop and his scheming, reluctant son Peter uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realize they may be a part of a larger, ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, surreal, suspense
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, mad scientist, scientist, special agents, fbi, experiment, investigation, creature, top secret, alternate dimension, danger, paranormal activity ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 200K
The X-Files (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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: mind bending, captivating, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, ufo, investigation, paranormal investigation, special agents, fbi, paranormal activity, conspiracy, alien contact, top secret, mysterious place, space and aliens ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., phoenix arizona, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.0
 198K
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: captivating, tense, exciting, clever, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, special agents, master criminal, unlikely partners, investigation, manipulations, mind game, partners, terrorism, danger, law enforcement, intrigue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2020s, 2010s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 9.1
 809K
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, captivating, witty, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, crime, riddles and clues, mind game, prodigy, mastermind, british, genius, sherlock holmes, partners, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, europe, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.0
 500K
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: bleak, tense, captivating, clever, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, crime, serial killer, neo noir, investigation, partners, crimes, partners against crime, murder, uncover truth, murderer ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 8.3
 496K
Lost (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Stripped of everything, the survivors of a horrific plane crash must work together to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets.
Style: exciting, atmospheric, psychological, enigmatic, mind bending ...
Plot: survival, island, desert island, plane crash, death, lost, adventure, mysterious place, human nature, destiny, stranded, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, police detective, murder, crime investigation, kidnapping, fbi, partners, law enforcement, riddles and clues, police investigation, danger, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 7.9
 10K
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: twists and turns, realistic, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, undercover, surveillance, boss, uncover truth, espionage, government agency, cia, loner, deception, government facility, prodigy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.3
 33K
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, suspenseful, witty
Plot: police detective, ex convict, frame up, police investigation, uncover truth, investigation, murder, partners against crime, workplace, crimes, law enforcement, suspicion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.5
 122K
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: tense, serious, atmospheric, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, crimes, talented, murder, law enforcement, forensics, cruelty, partners, psychopath, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: museum, mystery, mind game, investigation, uncover truth, dishonesty, law enforcement, crimes, deadly, protagonist as suspect, police detective, murder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: police detective, police investigation, fighting crime, deadly, law enforcement, mystery, partners, crimes, policewoman, crime, crime investigation, buddy cop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.4
 53K
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, rough, realistic, contemplative
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, policewoman, crime, riddles and clues, danger, murder, workplace situations, workplace, police investigation, investigation, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: captivating, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: riddles and clues, captivity, mysterious place, survival, mind game, confined, group of strangers, trapped, experiment, manipulations, mystery, direction and purpose ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.0
 111K
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: riddles and clues, deception, investigation, uncover truth, crime investigation, human nature, crimes, talented, expert, outsmarting, interrogation, fbi ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Secrets and Lies (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
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: murder, protagonist as suspect, police investigation, murder mystery, who done it, family in crisis, law enforcement, family problems, uncover truth, investigation, family relations, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.1
 166K
The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.
Style: intellectual, exciting, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, police investigation, partners against crime, investigation, partners, outsmarting, murder, serial killer, danger, fighting crime, crime, psychic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 6.3
 190
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, deadly, law enforcement, crimes, police investigation, prison, courtroom, crime, pet owner relationship, stabbing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Top of the Lake (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.
Style: captivating, clever, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, missing child, disappearance, female detective, life is a bitch, self discovery, policewoman, sexual abuse, child abuse, buried truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.6
 18K
The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
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, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, drug cartel, serial killer, social problems, policewoman, police investigation, partners, corruption, riddles and clues, marital problem, murder, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.9
 44K
CSI: NY (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013 for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows the investigations of a team of NYPD forensic scientists ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, psychological, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, crime investigation, partners against crime, danger, workplace, riddles and clues, investigation, murder, crimes, mystery, interrogation, murder investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.2
 5K
Traveler (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Traveler is a short-lived American television series that ran from May 10, 2007 until July 18, 2007 on ABC in the United States. The series was produced by Warner Bros. Television. Traveler was officially canceled after eight first-run episodes on ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, twists and turns
Plot: student, fbi, conspiracy, disappearance, friendship, mystery, track down, crimes, on the run, adventure, dishonesty, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Touching Evil (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Returning from a year-long psychological leave of absence after surviving an almost-fatal gunshot wound to the head, Detective David Creegan is assigned to the FBI's Organized and Serial Crime Unit – a rapid-response, elite crime ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: police investigation, track down, partners against crime, lifesaver, murder investigation, chases and races, danger, special agents, hunt down, crimes, law enforcement, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.8
 6K
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, parents and children, crimes, partners, police investigation, family problems, rivalry, single parent, workplace, best friend ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.0
 10K
Shades of Blue (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Sexy New York detective and single mother Harlee Santos fell in with a tight-knit group of dirty cops, taking bribes and protection money that she uses to provide the best life for her honest, talented daughter. But when she's trapped by the ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns
Plot: working undercover, fbi, police corruption, police detective, police investigation, law enforcement, dirty cop, single mother, undercover, crimes, dishonesty, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
 10K
Life on Mars (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Life on Mars is a science fiction crime drama television series which originally aired on ABC from October 9, 2008 to April 1, 2009. It is an adaptation of the BAFTA-winning original UK series of the same name produced by the BBC. The series was ...
Style: serious, surreal, tense, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police investigation, time travel, police, uncover truth, fish out of water, fighting crime, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, disorder, power relations, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.1
 11K
Shetland (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Created from the novels by award winning crime writer Ann Cleeves, Shetland follows DI Jimmy Perez and his team as they investigate crime within the close knit island community. In this isolated and sometimes inhospitable environment, the team have ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, island, police investigation, crimes, murder, mystery, murder investigation, who done it, multiple suspects, social relations, archaeologist, adaptation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 648
The Silence (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Drama about a deaf girl who witnesses the audacious murder of a policewoman.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, mystery, danger, police investigation, police detective, dishonesty, organized crime, police corruption, corruption, deadly, crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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, twists and turns, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, small town, crime, multiple suspects, who done it, missing person, paranormal activity, crimes, uncover truth, mystery, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%