Movies like Absence of the Good

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Absence of the Good (1999)
 5.3
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Absence of the Good (1999)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Salt Lake City homicide detective Caleb Barnes is under increasing pressure from all sides to crack a string of serial killings that have been terrorizing the city. At the same time, Barnes' home life is beginning to crumble in the wake of his son's accidental death. Will he solve the killings before the stress tears him apart? Written by
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: serial killer, crimes, riddles and clues, investigation, psychopath, life is a bitch, addiction, police corruption, murder, family problems, haunted by the past, who done it, death in the family, law enforcement, dealing with death, redemption, police investigation, mind game, deadly, rivalry, golden years, protagonist as suspect, police, psychiatrist, photograph ...
Time: 90s

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Most similar movies to Absence of the Good

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and tense films with plots about murder, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, serial killer, police investigation and who done it mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Absence of the Good: Final Move (2006), The Collector (2002), Killing Blue (1988), The Lost Angel (2005), Postmortem (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 3.8
 421
Final Move (2006)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The LA police are baffled: someone is killing people who have been found innocent of violent crimes. At the crime scenes, DNA evidence and clues linked to chess point to a suspect who's dead, recently executed for murders with a similar M.O. ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, crimes, law enforcement, police investigation, mystery, serial killer, who done it, psychopath, deadly, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
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95%
 6.0
 587
The Collector (2002)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Une policière, Maud Graham, suit un tueur en série qui agresse des femmes. En même temps, elle héberge un jeune prostitué et un fugueur de 12 ans. L'action se déroule dans la ville et capitale de la province du même nom, Québec.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, neo noir
Plot: murder, serial killer, police investigation, kidnapping, mind game, police detective, riddles and clues, who done it, crimes, life is a bitch, law enforcement, pedophilia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 4.2
 234
Killing Blue (1988)
Genre: Thriller
Country: West Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Police Commissioner Alex Glass has been twisted into a sarcastic cynic by the hard luck story that is his life and by his daily contact with the criminals of Berlin's underground. His new assistant, Shirly Mai, is an attractive and ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police, rivalry, serial killer, police investigation, drug dealing, redemption, haunted by the past, drug abuse, working undercover, police corruption, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 3.7
 385
The Lost Angel (2005)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Slight off-balance police inspector Palmer (Alison Eastwood) works with Father Brian (Judd Nelson) to solve for a religion-based killer, while she deals with her teen-aged goth sister.
Style: psychological, rough, suspenseful, scary, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, crucifix, danger, investigation, law enforcement, dealing with death, deadly, crimes, mystery, murder, curses spells and rituals, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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 5.0
 2K
Postmortem (1998)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The only thing James wants is to remain away from Scotland. One day, however, he receives a fax, a printout of an unknown person's obituary. The next day, he is charged and arrested for the murder of this person.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, writer's life, psychopath, law enforcement, police detective, deadly, manhunt, mind game, profiler, crimes, female full frontal nudity ...
Time: 90s
Place: glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
No One Can Hear You (2001)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Families are dying and reporter Trish (Kelly McGillis) finds herself reporting on a serial killing spree. After her daughter Lisa's (Kate Elliott) best friends are killed, she fears that her family may be on the killers list. Sheriff Webster ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: psychopath, investigation, serial killer, mind game, teenage life, family life, law enforcement, crimes, deadly, danger, murder, journalism ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Relentless IV: Ashes to Ashes (1994)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Sam Dietz is back and must find and stop another serial killer before he kills again. Detective work for Dietz is tough having to juggle two gorgeous women - one his partner, and the other his shrink, who holds the key to the case.
Style: slasher, serious, realistic, mind bending, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, stalking, police detective, psychopath, who done it, track down, curses spells and rituals, riddles and clues, teenage life, graphic violence, lone wolves ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 4.2
 1K
Impact Point (2008)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Pro Beach Volleyball star, Kelly Reyes, faces challenges everyday, fierce competitors, the press, but nothing could prepare her for him.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, psychological, scary
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, rivalry, danger, murder, stalking, mind game, obsession, dangerous attraction, woman in danger, psychopath, law enforcement, serial killer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Movie in collections
 4.9
 321
The Pass (1998)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A businessman with a compulsive gambling problem which has led to his wife leaving him, travels to Reno, Nevada for some gambling therapy which takes a turn when he picks up a psychotic serial killer posing as a hitchhiker.
Style: suspenseful, neo noir, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, gambling, hitchhiking, deadly, crimes, law enforcement, dishonesty, life is a bitch, police corruption, addiction, down on your luck, highway ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 3.6
 609
Rough Draft (1998)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A struggling freelance writer, while investigating the transvestite night life, stumbles across a serial killer in action. The two then strike up a bizarre partnership to document the killer's motives and handiwork as a possessed detective ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, psychological, bleak, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, stalking, murder, transvestism, amateur detective, police investigation, danger, mind game, journalism, dishonesty, crimes, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Intimate Stranger (1991)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A policeman (James Russo) guards a barroom singer (Deborah Harry) whose phone-sex sideline has put a killer (Tim Thomerson) on her trail.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, neo noir
Plot: prostitute, phone sex, murder, mind game, crimes, law enforcement, on the run, deadly, serial killer, chases and races, rivalry, woman in danger ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Angels Don't Sleep Here (2002)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A man is accused of murder and manipulated into a web of deceit as his thought-to-be dead twin brother plots revenge on those who tried to kill him.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: murder, twins, revenge, investigation, law enforcement, deadly, psychopath, uncover truth, police corruption, danger, vengeance, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.9
 2K
The Barber (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Eugene is a small town barber, beloved by the local community, but hiding a deadly secret. John is hunting for a serial killer not to expose him but to learn the business! They form a twisted bond and turn the town upside down as Eugene teaches John ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, twists and turns, realistic
Plot: obsession, murder, mind game, serial killer, crimes, deadly, small town, investigation, hairdresser, baseball bat, undercover, shovel ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Gone but Not Forgotten (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: An Oregon woman vanishes. In her wake remains a single black rose & a note reading gone but not forgotten. Now a man stands accused: a private eye has gone missing: a detective knows more than she lets on: & a tough female attorney has ...
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: serial killer, mind game, deadly, rivalry, psychopath, murder, law enforcement, police investigation, who done it, investigation, private detective, police detective ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.1
 1K
Fear (1990)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Psychic Ally Sheedy helps police solve murders by mentally linking with the murderer. Then she discovers a murderer with the same talent - who wants to share the fear of his victims with her!
Style: suspenseful, psychological, bleak, serious, tense ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, police, rivalry, amateur detective, deadly, witnessing a crime, supernatural, police investigation, supernatural ability, stalking ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Skeletons in the Closet (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A father suspects his son to be a murderer...or is he just paranoid and trying to cover up his own past which involves his wife being killed in a fire?
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, mind game, mysterious character, uncover truth, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, crimes, mystery, single parent, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 1.8
 417
Son of Sam (2008)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: This chilling tale recounts the late 70's in New York City, when a serial killer on the loose dubbed "Son of Sam" creates havoc. When arrested, "Son of Sam" tells police he was influenced by a satanic cult. New York would ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic, based on true events
Plot: murder, police investigation, investigation, crimes, law enforcement, danger, psychopath, serial killer, deadly, mind game, rivalry, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 4.6
 345
Pendulum (2001)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The nature and lure of power: in Dallas, a councilman is on trial for corruption, the D.A. is running for the US Senate, a serial killer is slashing prostitutes, and a professor is murdered. Amanda Reeve is assigned to investigate the law-school ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, politician, police corruption, uncover truth, life is a bitch, investigation, crime, deadly, dangerous attraction, who done it, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 4.8
 756
Dot.Kill (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The morphine-addicted detective Charlie Daines is on the trail of a sophisticated psychopath who is setting up murders and broadcasting them live on the internet. As he closes in on the killer, he realizes that it has become personal and that he is ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, mind game, track down, rivalry, deadly, danger, crimes, race against time, terminal illness, computers and web ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.4
 973
American Crime (2004)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young smalltown reporter, Jessie St. Claire, begins investigating a killer stalking his victims making video tapes. This might just be the career opportunity, which she has hoped for. When she herself becomes a target and suddenly disappears, the ...
Style: serious, scary, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: murder, crimes, investigation, deadly, stalking, crime, mind game, serial killer, psychopath, uncover truth, who done it, amateur detective ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 3.5
 181
Quiet Kill (2004)
Genre: Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An attractive married woman and a member of the 'Country Club Tennis Set', is being neglected by her workaholic doctor husband, Jerry (Corbin Bernsen). Lonely and insecure, Amy foolishly falls for the seductive charms of a much younger ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: murder, investigation, prostitute, stalker, love affair, woman in danger, dangerous attraction, serial killer, deadly, psychopath, couples, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.3
 644
Six-Pack (2000)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A serial killer is on the loose in Paris and he seems to be an american citizen working in the US embassy and being in the middle of a french-american economical affair.
Style: rough, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, serial killer, police investigation, psychopath, who done it, murder, law enforcement, race against time, deadly, politics, bait, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 3.9
 506
Bound by Lies (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Detecive Max Garrett is assigned to protect the sultry photographer Laura Cross from a ruthless killer, he has no idea what he's in for. The more involved Garrett gets in the case, the more attracted he is to Cross, but as they get closer, ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: murder, photographer, dangerous attraction, reluctant partners, uncover truth, police investigation, deadly, dishonesty, serial killer, betrayal, manipulation, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 5.3
 2K
After Alice (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A washed-up detective discovers his own psychic ability when assigned to investigate a serial murder case. The killer has a deranged obsession with the novel "Alice in Wonderland." As the psychopath's bloody reign of terror continues, ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, enigmatic, surprise ending
Plot: serial killer, supernatural ability, mind game, police investigation, riddles and clues, psychopath, murder, rivalry, danger, crime, law enforcement, deadly ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Deathly Compulsion (1999)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A present-day thriller about a man with a needle in his brain. This needle poisons his mind and tortures him with morbid thoughts and an urge to kill. When he finally commits a murder there is a witness, who is drawn into a deadly game of cat and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, heroes, race against time, law enforcement, protagonist as suspect, deadly, chases and races, police investigation, crimes, crime, serial killer, psychopath ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.1
 691
Dead Awake (2001)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An insomniac (Stephen Baldwin) who walks the streets at night witnesses a murder which triggers a strange chain of events.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, captivating
Plot: murder, insomnia, psychopath, protagonist as suspect, mystery, amateur detective, investigation, mind game, uncover truth, law enforcement, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.2
 780
Hangman (2001)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Death by noose. A nasty way to die if you're not dropped from a length, but instead just had the support kicked from beneath you. A series of murders like this is taking place, linked to a net-based game of 'Hangman', the words of ...
Style: psychological, rough, suspenseful, mind bending, slasher ...
Plot: crimes, police investigation, police detective, psychopath, serial killer, mysterious character, mind game, track down, dangerous attraction, false accusation, danger, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.7
 423
The Gunman (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Detective Ben Simm's wife is killed, he has to learn to be both father and mother to his little girl while searching for a Vigilante that has his own sense of justice.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: haunted by the past, vengeance, investigation, police detective, serial killer, psychopath, track down, vigilantism, who done it, murder, deadly, danger ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.0
 378
Freeway (1988)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A deeply-disturbed priest goes on a murderous night-time rampage across America's highways.
Style: suspenseful, rough, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, danger, crime, law enforcement, police investigation, mystery, chases and races, chase, amateur detective, crimes, manhunt, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.5
 356
Fear of Water (2011)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Rosalie Richard is found raped and dead at the foot of a cliff. This gruesome murder is the first ever in the Magdalen Islands. Her death will radically change the orderly life of Sergeant André Surprenant.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, thought provoking, rough ...
Plot: murder, army investigation, family relations, law enforcement, military, life is a bitch, police investigation, deadly, family problems, crimes, parents and children, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%