Movies like Absolution 1978

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Absolution (1978)
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Absolution (1978)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At a Catholic public school, Benjamin Stanfield is tired of being the teacher's pet and decides to play a practical joke on his form master Father Goddard. In confession, Stanfield tells Goddard that he has accidentally murdered his friend Blakey and buried him in the forest. When Goddard investigates the matter, he finds a buried scarecrow. Goddard is outraged, but, due to the seal of confession, he knows he cannot expel Stanfield. Shortly after, Stanfield once again enters the confession booth, telling Goddard that what before was a practical joke, he has now made happen. In disbelief, Goddard once again goes to the forest to investigate the matter. This time, he discovers Blakey's dead body. The plot soon thickens as Stanfield's fellow student Arthur Dyson mysteriously disappears...
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, surprise ending
Plot: boarding school, murder, prank, school, crimes, youth, investigation, teachers and students, missing person, clergy, religions or cults, crime, life is a bitch, rebellion, hopes, intrigue, amateur detective, society, small town life, dishonesty, small town, mind game, gory, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: 70s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and psychological films with plots about murder, crimes, deadly, investigation, mystery, dishonesty and death mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like Absolution: Confession (2005), Deadline (2012), Megachurch Murder (2015), The Wicker Man (1973), The Good Shepherd (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Confession (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a small Catholic boarding school an unspeakable act has been committed. When High School student, Luther Scott, confesses to Father Michael Kelly, Kelly is bound silent to the particulars of a grisly murder. Now, framed guilty by the desperate ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: murder, catholic, mystery, investigation, courtroom drama, false accusation, moral dilemma, dishonesty, legal, deadly, crimes, clergy ...
Time: contemporary
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Deadline (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Deadline is the story of the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved, and unpunished for almost twenty years. That changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper (Steve Talley) meets an ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Plot: investigation, uncover truth, interracial relations, price of justice, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, society, redemption, crimes, injustice, idealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tennessee, alabama, usa
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Megachurch Murder (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After popular and charismatic megachurch leader Hamilton Spears commits suicide, his teenage daughter Hannah's life goes off the rails. The only thing keeping her together is her new boyfriend, Oliver. When she finds evidence pointing to a ...
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, investigation, clergy, uncover truth, amateur detective, dishonesty, deadly, crimes, youth, society, danger, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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 70K
The Wicker Man (1973)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Police sergeant Neil Howie is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there.
Style: cult film, atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: cult, ritual, investigation, island, virgin, trap, paganism, disappearance, society, mystery, missing person, amateur detective ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Dean Cain portrays Scott Peterson, the California man accused of murdering his 8 month pregnant wife, Laci. Based on a true story.
Style: disturbing, tense, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: murder, pregnancy, uncover truth, missing person, false accusation, courtroom drama, investigation, protagonist as suspect, mysterious character, husband murders wife, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Good Shepherd (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: CHRISTIAN SLATER plays a worldly and urbane priest who is forced to challenge his comfortable existence as an ecclesiastical spin-doctor when he comes to believe in the innocence of a young priest accused of murder. His only ally, a journalist, is ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: church, murder, false accusation, courtroom drama, priest, amateur detective, investigation, fighting the system, uncover truth, rebellion, life is a bitch, journalism ...
Time: contemporary
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The Quarry (1998)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Belgium, France, Netherlands, Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: This thriller investigates the mysterious assassination of a gay pastor in rural South Africa. Without witnesses or explanations, the crime appears to the police and others as a jigsaw puzzle without enough pieces. The police then suspect and arrest ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: mistaken identity, interracial relations, small town, countryside, escape, criminal heroes, society, clergy, hidden identity, crimes, chases and races, small town life ...
Time: 90s, quarry
Place: south africa, africa, belgium, canada, holland ...
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65%
The River King (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after discovering from the boy's girlfriend, Carlin, that he was ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, enigmatic, disturbing, suspense
Plot: mystery, investigation, uncover truth, murder, school, deadly, dishonesty, teenager, danger, life is a bitch, ghost, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Everybody Wins (1990)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A seemingly good Samaritan hires a private detective to prove a teen sitting in prison on a murder charge is innocent. His investigation discovers deep corruption in a Connecticut town and finds the woman isn't everything she is pretending to ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: femme fatale, private detective, small town, frame up, courtroom drama, who done it, small town life, injustice, power relations, mystery, law enforcement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 1990s, 90s
Place: connecticut, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Rosary Murders (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A killer of Detroit clergy confesses to a priest (Donald Sutherland), who turns sleuth because he cannot tell the police.
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, moral dilemma, psychopath, serial killer, haunted by the past, church, uncover truth, who done it, society, legal, clergy, mystery ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.0
 1K
Child's Play (1972)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: At an exclusive boys' school, a new gym teacher is drawn into a feud between two older instructors, and he discovers that everything at the school is not quite as staid, tranquil and harmless as it seems.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, enigmatic, rough ...
Plot: boarding school, mentally unstable, mystery, youth, society, dedicated educator, workplace situations, idealism, school, teachers and students, rivalry, high school ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.2
 390
Playmaker (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A would-be actress uncovers horrifying files on other starlets.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: mystery, manipulations, manipulation, power relations, crimes, mentally unstable, rivalry, murder, actress, vengeance, mentor, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Jericho Mansions (2003)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A murder in an old apartment building leads the superintendent to suspect everyone, and eventually himself, of the murder.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious
Plot: uncover truth, mystery, investigation, mind game, mysterious character, amateur detective, murder, who done it, memory loss, psychopath, manipulation, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.2
 44K
The Hole (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.
Style: psychological, twist ending, tense, scary, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: obsession, claustrophobia, youth, danger, twists & turns, bunker, psychologist, psychology, mystery, survival, school, murder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.4
 228
Strange Fruit (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: New York attorney William Boyals has escaped the Louisiana bayou of his childhood, but he must return to investigate the death of a childhood friend who, like Boyals himself, was both black and gay.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, police corruption, murder, small town, fighting the system, investigation, life is a bitch, crimes, mystery, society, rebellion, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, new york, southern usa
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54%
 5.8
 26K
Cry_Wolf (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Eight unsuspecting high school seniors at a posh boarding school, who delight themselves on playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
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Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: virginia
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49%
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (1976)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When a widowed mother falls in love with an American sailor, her troubled young son is pressured by the bullying leader of his clique to seek revenge.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: sailor, revenge, crimes, mentally unstable, murder, destiny, dangerous attraction, deadly, coming of age, mischievous children, voyeurism, death of father ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
New Best Friend (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Alicia is a poor girl starting college. Hadley, Julianne and Sydney are three well-off girls in a row house. Classes begin and Alicia is paired with Hadley to work on a sociology class project. At first rejected, Alicia is finally accepted into ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, intense, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 6.6
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Deceiver (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The gruesome death of a prostitute brings suspicion on one of her clients, James Wayland, a brilliant, self-destructive and epileptic heir to a textile fortune. So detectives Braxton and Kennesaw take Wayland in for questioning, thinking they can ...
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, suspenseful, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, mind game, police investigation, secret, violence, crimes, prostitute, law enforcement, investigation, deadly, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Serpent's Egg (1977)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World War I.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: investigation, clinic, unemployment, circus, suicide, alcohol abuse, chaos and mayhem, world war one, society, rise to the top, politics, getting home ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, pre world war two
Place: germany, sweden, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Evil Under the Sun (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, clever, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: private detective, murder mystery, murder, investigation, island, crime, mystery, crimes, intrigue, multiple suspects, amateur detective, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: greece, albania, south of france, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.2
 276K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, dark, psychological, tense ...
Plot: neo noir, police investigation, insomnia, investigator, murder, small town, guilt, fbi, gunfight, investigation, police corruption, police detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, united states, los angeles
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45%
 5.6
 2K
Tangled (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A young man is found bruised, beaten and stumbling down a secluded road. As the police try to piece together what happened, the convoluted relationship between a young woman and her two suitors gradually emerges.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychological, tense ...
Plot: love triangle, dangerous attraction, investigation, obsession, missing person, uncover truth, police investigation, teenage life, psychopath, mind game, mysterious character, murder ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 4.7
 3K
Trauma (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Awaking from a coma to discover his wife has been killed in a car accident, Ben's world may as well have come to an end. A few weeks later, Ben's out of hospital and, attempting to start a new life, he moves home and is befriended by a ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
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Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.3
 918
Firecracker (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A tale of murder in small-town Kansas. When Jimmy is lured away from his abusive family by a traveling sideshow carnival, he encounters Sandra, one of the main attractions. The happiness they find together causes them to confront the darkness in ...
Style: atmospheric, disturbing, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, murder, rape, small town, mystery, family problems, psychopath, friendship, haunted by the past, mental illness, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Fog and Night (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Turkey
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Fog and the Night is the search of an investigator who has lost his confidence in his organization and whose happy"family father" order has been disrupted by his young lover.And introverted man due to his profession , not a big talker or ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, bleak
Plot: fighting the system, uncover truth, investigation, rivalry, who to trust, rebellion, life is a bitch, danger, law enforcement, dishonesty, deadly, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 31K
Sleuth (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.
Style: intellectual, talky, psychological, suspenseful, witty ...
Plot: rivalry, manipulation, mind game, crimes, one on one, verbal byplay, dialogue driven, riddles and clues, dishonesty, mistaken identity, fear, game playing ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.5
 1K
Death Clique (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, a friendship rivalry between three high school girls escalates into a shocking act of violence, and soon one of them is dead. Now the dead girl's mom is determined to find her missing child... and get justice for her ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, manipulation, rivalry, high school, friendship, jealousy, social relations, dishonesty, uninhibited rivalry, manipulations, youth, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, mysterious character, investigation, mind game, uncover truth, haunted by the past, deadly, crimes, single parent, law enforcement, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.4
 705
Angel of Death (2002)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The most spectacular Easter celebration in the World. Hosts of hooded Penitents parade through the ancient, narrow streets of the Old Town in time-honored ritual. But for one celebrant this Holy Week is different. For him Semana Santa is a time to ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, scary, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, fascism, investigation, mind game, danger, psychopath, murder, clergy, rivalry, deadly, slasher, serial killer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%