Movies and TV shows like Dirty John

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Dirty John (2018)
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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: meditative, based on true events, tense, bleak, serious, suspense, melancholic, disturbing
Plot: single woman, con artists, businessman, male female relationship, deception, tragic love, lie, manipulation, relationship problems, dishonesty, crimes, violence, forbidden love, criminal, secret, parents and children, life is a bitch, mystery, relationships, love story, dark secret, marital problem, love interest, psychological manipulation, true crime
Time: 80s

Most similar movies to Dirty John

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, tense, realistic and suspenseful films and TV series with plots about crimes, murder, family relations, dishonesty, crime, deadly and danger mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Dirty John: I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989), Ice (2016), Unbelievable (2019), Extracurricular (2020), Fall Into Temptation (2017). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
TV show
Story: About the infamous murder of six year old child beauty pageant contestant JonBenét Ramsey and the hysterical media coverage that made the investigation even more difficult.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, who done it, small town life, parents and children, family relations, mystery, law enforcement, dishonesty, deadly, media, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: colorado
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I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: 7-year old Steven Stayner is kidnapped a few days before Christmas by Kenneth Parnell. Under the belief that Parnell has been given legal custody of him, and that his family has moved away, he stays with Parnell for seven years, enduring repetitive ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, emotional, based on true events ...
Plot: missing child, pedophile, kidnapping, sexual abuse, child molestation, starting over, haunted by the past, captivity, parents and children, life is a bitch, danger, perversion ...
Time: 80s, year 1974, year 1980, 70s, year 1972
Place: northern california
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Ice (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A diamond dealer navigates the culturally diverse and treacherous world of the diamond business.
Style: suspense, psychological, tense, captivating
Plot: heist, business, crimes, chase, robbery, rivalry, violence, group of criminals, strategy, thief, perfect crime, career criminal ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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Unbelievable (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 385 min.
TV show
Story: The true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth.
Style: serious, compassionate, suspense, social, based on true events ...
Plot: rape victim, rape, investigation, teenage rape, female detective, violence, female protagonist, sexual abuse, nobody believes, police investigation, crimes, netflix ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Extracurricular (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Determined to escape a dead-end life, a gifted high school student turns to a world of serious crime to ensure he can pay for college.
Style: serious, suspense, controversial, disturbing, tense ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: school, korean, criminal, high school life, teenager, secret life, high school, school life, crimes, mystery, undercover, danger ...
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74%
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
TV show
Story: This drama tells the real-life story of retired schoolteacher Christopher Jefferies who was initially questioned by police as a suspect in the murder of Jo Yeates who rented a flat from him. He was vilified by the press, partly on account of his ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, tense, biting ...
Plot: protagonist as suspect, murder suspect, media coverage, landlord, false accusation, murder, dishonesty, crimes, life is a bitch, police, deadly, lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Fall Into Temptation (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
TV show
Story: Raquel and Damián are happily married with two children. Destiny leads Damián to meet Carolina and feels an undeniable attraction towards her. Damián did not know that Carolina was already married to Santiago Álvarado, a construction architect ...
Style: tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: infidelity, car accident, husband wife relationship, relationships, couple relations, troubled marriage, mistress, unlikely partners, unfaithful husband, adulterous husband, adultery, love interest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Forgotten (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Forgotten is a television series which premiered on September 22, 2009 on ABC. On November 9, 2009, ABC ordered five additional episodes of the series, bringing the first season's total to eighteen episodes. The final two episodes of The ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, emotional, bleak
Plot: investigation, amateur detective, murder, missing person, race against time, who done it, murder investigation, crimes, deadly, crime, chases and races, unsolved crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Broken Pieces (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: A story about difficult choices, tough decisions, entwined lives and parents torn between their children and their hearts. Gulseren comes from a poor background, while Cihans wife Dilara is wealthy. They both gave birth in the same hospital on the ...
Style: captivating, tense
Plot: relationships, mix up, family problems, switched at birth, rich and poor, switching bodies, male female relationship, parents and children, eccentric family, family, family relations, wealthy family ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Small Sacrifices (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 159 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the best-selling true crime book by Ann Rule, the film is about Diane Downs and the attempted murder of her three children.
Style: suspenseful, sincere, disturbing, talky, tense ...
Plot: murder, power relations, manipulation, protagonist as suspect, law enforcement, manipulations, family problems, family relations, hospital, parents and children, who done it, courtroom drama ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
American Crime (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: An anthology drama focusing on all aspects of the U.S. criminal justice system dealing with crimes committed in America.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspense, exciting ...
Plot: family relations, courtroom, crimes, interracial relations, society, murder, parents and children, racism, legal, tragedy, courtroom drama, court ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Five Daughters (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Factually-based drama telling the stories of five young women who were tragically murdered in Ipswich in 2006.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police detective, police investigation, drug abuse, deadly, crimes, addiction, woman in danger, prostitute, life is a bitch, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Rosario Tijeras (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Worlds collide when a vengeance-obsessed young woman from the other side of the tracks captures the attention of two well-off friends.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: revenge, friend, murder, brutality, death, society, danger, social problems, slum, social differences, deadly, urban ghetto ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Lo imperdonable (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Martín (Iván Sánchez) hurries to Mina Escondida after getting an urgent letter from his brother begging to be rescued from the hell in which he's living. On arrival, Martin despairs upon finding out that Demetrio (Pablo Montero), his ...
Style: captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: affair, intrigue, family secret, family problems, lie, mystery, male female relationship, relationships, secret, revenge, relationship problems, family relations
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Mr. Robot (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary and culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological thriller, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hacker, computers and web, secret society, split personality, fighting the system, schizophrenia, hacking, rebellion, childhood trauma, drug addict, psychotherapy, conspiracy theory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 8.3
 80K
Ray Donovan (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA's top power players, and makes their problems disappear. His father's unexpected release from prison sets off a chain of events that shakes the ...
Style: serious, clever, captivating, tense, stylized ...
Plot: power relations, crimes, family relations, hollywood, identity crisis, intrigue, family secret, family problems, blackmail, teamwork, businessman, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Love, Lies and Murder (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
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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 ⇓
47%
In the Name of My Daughter (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In 1976 in Nice, Agnes, the daughter of the owner of the Palais de la Méditerranée, falls in love with an older lawyer.
Style: serious, tense, captivating, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: casino, crimes, intrigue, rivalry, fall in love, love affair, parents and children, obsession, family relations, love and romance, betrayal, murder suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s
Place: france, french riviera, nice france, geneva switzerland, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Magic City (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
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Story: Set in 1959 Miami, Florida shortly after the Cuban Revolution, Magic City tells the story of Ike Evans, the owner of Miami's most glamorous hotel, the Miramar Playa. Evans is forced to make an ill-fated deal with Miami mob boss Ben Diamond to ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, serious, stylized, sexy ...
Plot: hotel, mob boss, organized crime, maid, gangsters, lifestyle, intrigue, ambition, power struggle, rivalry, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1959
Place: miami, usa, miami beach
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46%
Godfather of Harlem (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Loosely based on infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy attempts to regain his piece of ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, captivating
Plot: crime boss, bandit, gang, gang war, violence, gang leader, danger, criminal gang, crimes, vengeance, rivalry, mafia ...
Place: harlem, harlem manhattan new york city
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NYC 22 (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: NYC 22 is an American police procedural drama which ran on CBS from April 15 to August 11, 2012. The series was a mid-season replacement for CSI: Miami. On May 13, 2012, both series were canceled by CBS.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: rookie, fighting crime, crimes, law enforcement, partners, streetwise, ex athlete, supportive coworker, partners against crime, honest law enforcer, police officer, nypd ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
King Of Duval County (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
TV show
Story: The Black Family a once powerful respected family has lost power in the city of Jacksonville.11 years has past and now the city is controlled by 4 family's.Young Antonio must return to the city and reclaim the Black family's respect and ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, bleak, enigmatic, disturbing
Plot: rivalry, crimes, danger, vengeance, murder, organized crime, dishonesty, revenge, violence, betrayal, death, friendship ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Client List (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Riley Parks delicately balances two starkly different lives -- one as a single mom in a conservative town struggling to provide for her family and the other as a savvy and ambitious businesswoman working with a rowdy, sexy and unpredictable group of ...
Style: sexy, touching, sentimental, serious, sexual ...
Plot: prostitute, sexual relations, single mother, double life, family relations, family problems, workplace, society, lifestyle, single parent, parent child relationship, massage parlor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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40%
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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 ⇓
39%
Selena's Secret (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: The series explores from a different point of view what happened on the day Selena died and what was behind it--a secret that Yolanda Saldívar kept.
Style: enigmatic, captivating, suspense, tense
Plot: secret, who done it, mystery, murder mystery, puzzle, organized crime, criminal, uncover truth, murder, historical character, mysterious villain, crimes
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Mind Games (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Clark and Ross Edwards are brothers and partners in a unique agency committed to solving clients’ problems using the hard science of psychological manipulation. Clark is a former professor and a world-renowned expert in the field of human ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, psychological, offbeat
Plot: manipulation, manipulations, family relations, mind game, mind control, workplace, changing lives, outside help, workplace situations, dishonesty, prodigy, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family is an American television series which ran from March 5, 2000 to March 24, 2001 on the USA Network.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: undercover, family relations, secret agents, working undercover, family in danger, family life, relationship vs career, crimes, wiretap, fbi, undercover agent, fighting crime ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Shots Fired (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: A media storm sets off when an African-American cop kills a white teenager in a small North Carolina town.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, justice, police, small town, evidence, law enforcement, investigation, riddles and clues, crimes, workplace situations, murder, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Low Winter Sun (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Low Winter Sun is an American television drama series developed by Chris Mundy, starring Mark Strong and Lennie James. The series premiered on August 11, 2013, on AMC, with the first season consisting of ten episodes. It is based upon the 2006 ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: police detective, murder, vengeance, right and wrong, perfect crime, police corruption, law enforcement, rivalry, deadly, dishonesty, graphic violence, the underworld ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
If Tomorrow Comes (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 304 min.
TV show
Story: This mini-series focuses on two people, Tracy Whitney and Jeff Stevens. In the beginning, Tracy was an innocent, who was in love and pregnant, with the son of an affluent family. Obviously her family did not approve of her. She would sent ot prison ...
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, sincere, suspense
Plot: revenge, male female relationship, violence, dishonesty, justice, romance, deadly, love, crimes, danger, prison, con artists ...
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