Movies like Absence of the Good

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Absence of the Good (1999)
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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, psychopath, investigation, murder, crimes, addiction, life is a bitch, rivalry, who done it, family problems, law enforcement, redemption, mind game, police corruption, police investigation, haunted by the past, death in the family, golden years, protagonist as suspect, dealing with death, riddles and clues, police, map, psychiatrist, child molestation ...
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 suspenseful, serious, realistic and tense films with plots about murder, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, serial killer, police investigation and psychopath mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Absence of the Good: Final Move (2006), The Collector (2002), The Lost Angel (2005), Postmortem (1998), No One Can Hear You (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, realistic, serious, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, law enforcement, crimes, investigation, psychopath, mystery, who done it, life is a bitch, dishonesty, false accusation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles
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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, realistic, rough, neo noir
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, kidnapping, police detective, mind game, who done it, riddles and clues, crimes, law enforcement, life is a bitch, pedophilia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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85%
 3.8
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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: suspense, scary, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, crucifix, investigation, law enforcement, murder, crimes, dealing with death, mystery, religions or cults, curses spells and rituals, empire, who done it ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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73%
 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: tense, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police detective, psychopath, manhunt, profiler, law enforcement, crimes, mind game, writer's life, murder suspect, american abroad ...
Time: 90s
Place: glasgow scotland
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72%
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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: serious, suspenseful, rough, slasher, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, investigation, mind game, teenage life, family life, murder, law enforcement, crimes, journalism, home invasion, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
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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, realistic, serious, mind bending, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, stalking, partners against crime, crimes, mind game, reluctant partners, track down, lone wolves, partners, hotshot hero, law enforcement, police investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
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Impact Point (2008)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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: serial killer, police investigation, one night stand, rivalry, murder, stalking, psychopath, mind game, woman in danger, dangerous attraction, obsession, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, beverly hills
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65%
 4.8
 372
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: serious, realistic, tense, neo noir, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, redneck, hitchhiking, terror, murder, gambling, law enforcement, crimes, life is a bitch, dishonesty, down on your luck, police corruption ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 3.8
 813
Rough Draft (1998)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 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: realistic, serious, tense, scary, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, nypd, stalking, murder, transvestism, mind game, protagonist as suspect, witnessing a crime, criminal's revenge, media, amateur detective, journalism ...
Time: 90s
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60%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: murder, twins, revenge, police corruption, investigation, law enforcement, uncover truth, psychopath, haunted by the past, who done it, homecoming, political corruption ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 4.2
 269
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: neo noir, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, police, prostitute, police detective, track down, rivalry, master criminal, drug dealing, police investigation, crimes, uncover truth ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.8
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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: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic, twists and turns
Plot: serial killer, mind game, obsession, murder, crimes, small town, investigation, hairdresser, empire, monster, buried alive, barbershop ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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55%
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: neo noir, erotic, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: phone sex, prostitute, making love, sex scene, murder, crimes, stalking, track down, law enforcement, police investigation, rivalry, on the run ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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53%
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, mind game, uncover truth, investigation, mysterious character, haunted by the past, law enforcement, life is a bitch, mystery, crimes, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new england
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53%
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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: serious, realistic, psychological, suspenseful, slasher ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, murder, investigation, police investigation, law enforcement, psychopath, mind game, rivalry, curses spells and rituals, murderer, satanism ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, new york
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 4.5
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, politician, uncover truth, life is a bitch, investigation, police corruption, dishonesty, protagonist as suspect, partners against crime, crimes, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
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51%
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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: serious, suspenseful, suspense, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, mind game, track down, crimes, race against time, rivalry, computers and web, terminal illness, technology, killer ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: scary, serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crimes, mind game, stalking, uncover truth, investigation, psychopath, who done it, journalism, amateur detective, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Gone but Not Forgotten (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 172 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: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious, psychological
Plot: serial killer, private detective, investigation, amateur detective, rivalry, murder, psychopath, mind game, police investigation, police detective, mysterious character, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, stalker, prostitute, love affair, dangerous attraction, woman in danger, who done it, law enforcement, mind game, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, suspenseful, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: serial killer, photographer, murder, reluctant partners, uncover truth, police investigation, dangerous attraction, manipulation, crimes, betrayal, mystery, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: serious, atmospheric, rough, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, police investigation, psychopath, who done it, murder, race against time, law enforcement, politics, bait, bowling, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.0
 452
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: neo noir, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, exploitation, woman with a gun, chase, amateur detective, mystery, crimes, police investigation, manhunt, law enforcement, car chase, psychopath ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.2
 829
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: mind bending, psychological, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, police investigation, mysterious character, mind game, psychopath, police detective, mystery, track down, false accusation, dangerous attraction, frame up ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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: serious, tense, suspenseful, enigmatic, surprise ending
Plot: serial killer, supernatural ability, police investigation, mind game, riddles and clues, psychopath, law enforcement, crimes, mystery, rivalry, murder, psychic ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.1
 757
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, serious, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: insomnia, murder, investigation, mystery, mind game, amateur detective, uncover truth, protagonist as suspect, psychopath, law enforcement, crimes, witnessing a crime ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: murder, graphic violence, protagonist as suspect, police investigation, crimes, race against time, serial killer, law enforcement, heroes, psychopath, female nudity, sexual perversion ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.5
 453
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, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, investigation, haunted by the past, vengeance, serial killer, psychopath, law enforcement, track down, who done it, vigilantism, murder, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.4
 383
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: serious, suspenseful, thought provoking, realistic, rough ...
Plot: army investigation, murder, family relations, life is a bitch, police investigation, military, law enforcement, parents and children, family problems, crimes, investigation, legal investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.6
 780
Blowback (2000)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Whitman is a psychotic religious killer who was caught by Inspector Morell a former seminarian, whose religious knowledge led to Whitman's capture. Whitman was tried and sentenced to death. However, he was rescued by a secret government group ...
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, police detective, religions or cults, psychopath, undercover, violence spree, partners against crime, law enforcement, legal, special agents, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%