Movies like I Saw the Devil

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I Saw the Devil (2010)
 7.8
 114K
I Saw the Devil (2010)
Original name: 악마를 보았다
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, but were unable to catch him. One day, Joo-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief becomes his prey and is found dead in a horrific state. Her fiance Soo-hyun, a top secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He promises himself that he will do everything in his power to take bloody vengeance against the killer, even if it means that he must become a monster himself to get this monstrous and inhumane killer.
Style: tense, psychological, serious, unusual plot structure, suspenseful, rough, twist ending, bleak, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, revenge, violence, vengeance, psychopath, extreme violence, cat and mouse, sadism, beating, mercilessness, loss of spouse, gory, crimes, murder of a pregnant woman, strong violent content, deadly, vigilantism, crime and punishment, police chief, torture, chase, brutality, track down, law enforcer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea

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Most similar movies to I Saw the Devil

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and psychological films with plots about crimes, violence, murder, deadly, death, serial killer and revenge mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like I Saw the Devil: Oldboy (2003), The Chaser (2008), Memories of Murder (2003), No Mercy (2010), Confession of Murder (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.4
 526K
Oldboy (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.
Style: bleak, twist ending, psychological, brutal, atmospheric ...
Plot: revenge, incest, father daughter incest, vengeance, mind game, loneliness, confined, older man younger woman relationship, sin, twists & turns, brother sister incest, losing-it hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2003, 2000s, 20th century ...
Place: korea, asia, new york, stockholm sweden, seoul ...
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89%
 7.8
 60K
The Chaser (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by the same ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, disturbing, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, pimp, violence, prostitute, police investigation, race against time, interrogation, disappearance, search, woman in danger, chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, seoul, asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 131 min.
Story: 1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about ...
Style: realistic, captivating, bleak, clever, serious ...
Plot: rape, police investigation, murder, unsolved crime, serial killer, police, police detective, police officer, crimes, investigation, suspicion, torture ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.5
 7K
No Mercy (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Forensic pathologist Kang (Seol Kyeong-gu) is assigned to examine the dismembered corpse of a female murder victim. Detective Min (Han Hye-jin) points to a fanatic environmentalist, Lee Sung-ho (Ryoo Seung-beom), as the primary suspect. But when ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: revenge, murder, police investigation, autopsy, crime, mind game, crimes, forensics, threat, tragic hero, arrest, daughter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Confession of Murder (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: On the day the 15-year statute of limitations expired on a high profile serial murder case that claimed the lives of 10 women, a family member of the victim throws himself off the building in front of Choi Hyeong-goo, the detective in charge of the ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, vengeance, law enforcement, dark humor, chases and races, investigation, murder confession, trap, frame up, uninhibited rivalry, crimes, wannabe ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Ichi the Killer (2001)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
Style: disturbing, rough, suspenseful, stylized, banned film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: massacre, gang, danger, rage, sadism, psychopath, gory, gangsters, violence, mafia, hitman, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 145K
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.
Style: psychological, tense, macabre, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, split personality, crimes, secret, police detective, businessman, murder, double life, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Kim Sun-woo is an enforcer and manager for a hotel owned by a cold, calculative crime boss, Kang who assigns Sun-Woo to a simple errand while he is away on a business trip; to shadow his young mistress, Heesoo, for fear that she may be cheating on ...
Style: bleak, serious, exciting, psychological, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, revenge, crime, crimes, rivalry, gunfight, hitman, hotel, tragic hero, tough heroes, one man army ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, crime, investigation, murder, maniac, psychology, fbi, killings, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, bahamas, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.4
 37K
Kill List (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.
Style: disturbing, psychological, tense, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: hitman, ritual sacrifice, brutality, ex soldier, priest, crimes, crime, danger, deadly, marital problem, violence spree, cult ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 257K
Red Dragon (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Former FBI Agent Will Graham, who was once almost killed by the savage Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter, now has no choice but to face him again, as it seems Lecter is the only one who can help Graham track down a new serial killer.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, investigation, split personality, murder, fbi, cruelty, deadly, reporter, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: washington d.c., florida, chicago illinois, baltimore, birmingham alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 21K
New World (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 135 min.
Story: An undercover cop has his loyalties tested when the boss of the corporate gang he's spent years infiltrating dies.
Style: captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, criminal gang, undercover cop, working undercover, gang war, moral dilemma, crimes, mafia, mind game, police chief, group of criminals, mole ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 1.5M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, neo noir, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, psychopath, crime, investigation, police investigation, master criminal, police detective, insanity, twists & turns, police, psychology ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, united states, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The photographer Leon lives with his girlfriend and waitress Maya waiting for a chance to get in the photo business. When Maya contacts their friend Jurgis, he schedules a meeting for Leon with the successful owner of arts gallery Susan Hoff; she ...
Style: bloody, suspenseful, tense, psychological, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, violence, deadly, photographer, butcher, gory, crimes, witnessing a crime, subway train, psychopath, obsession, stalking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 17K
Contestant 13 (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him. Something else he does not know is that Gerard Dorez, a cop on a knife-edge, is tailing him. When he reaches his ...
Style: tense, disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: overdose, life is a bitch, crimes, crime, murder, contests and competitions, danger, deadly, reward, profanity, social decay, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 73K
Lady Vengeance (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, atmospheric, brutal ...
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, torture, women's prison, ex convict, crimes, crime, parents and children, heroine, child killer, redemption, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia, seoul, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Killing Gene (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: There is something horribly wrong with the bodies found in the dark city streets. Some are mutilated while others have the Price equation (wΔz = Cov (w,z) = βwzVz) carved into their flesh. Detective Eddie Argo and his new partner Helen Westcott ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, scary, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, investigation, serial killer, police, violence, master criminal, police investigation, chase, introspection, torture, death, murder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 22K
Horsemen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife's death discovers a shocking connection between himself and the suspects in a serial killing spree linked to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, suspenseful, scary, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, deadly, crime scene, police, interrogation, orphan, law enforcement, uncover truth, gory, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.
Style: banned film, rough, cult film, psychological, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, rape and revenge, sexual abuse, cruelty, vengeance, revenge, sadistic horror, murder, psychopath, brutality, danger, castration ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, england, germany, connecticut, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 5K
Killers (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Indonesia, Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Mr. Nomura is an eerily handsome, sharply dressed, sociopathic serial killer who preys on the women of Tokyo. In Jakarta, a world-weary journalist named Bayu finds himself unexpectedly falling into vigilantism after brutally killing two sadistic ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, bleak, exciting ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, rivalry, crimes, uninhibited rivalry, murder, strong violent content, deadly, violence, danger, death, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, tense, exciting, psychological ...
Plot: vengeance, master criminal, justice, vigilantism, fighting the system, murder, prison, perfect crime, mind game, injustice, crime, intelligence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
 6.2
 48K
Untraceable (2008)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Special Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) works in an elite division of the FBI dedicated to fighting cybercrime. She thinks she has seen it all, until a particularly sadistic criminal arises on the Internet. This tech-savvy killer posts live feeds ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, suspense, intense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, psychopath, webcam, website, kidnapping, investigation, special agents, internet, torture, violence, suicide ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 259K
Hannibal (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Italy
Duration: 131 min.
Story: After having successfully eluded the authorities for years, Hannibal peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when he's discovered leaving a deserving few dead in the process. He returns to America to make ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, master criminal, mind game, cannibalism, fbi, homicidal maniac, cat and mouse, crime, crimes, torment, special agents ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florence, venice, europe, washington d.c., italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 7.2
 85K
Harry Brown (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.
Style: tense, bleak, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, murder, gang, violence, loneliness, investigation, widower, crimes, vengeance, incompetent police, loss of friend, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe, london, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.8
 16K
Big Bad Wolves (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Israel
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings - a ...
Style: twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, crimes, kidnapping, vengeance, rivalry, partners, confined, loss of child, captivity, parents and children, mind game, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, tel aviv israel, palestine
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: This is the story of Ryu, a deaf man, and his sister, who requires a kidney transplant. Ryu's boss, Park, has just laid him off, and in order to afford the transplant, Ryu and his girlfriend develop a plan to kidnap Park's daughter. Things ...
Style: disturbing, rough, suspenseful, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organ donation, vengeance, kidnapping, transplant, black market, ransom, suicide, factory worker, layoff, stabbing, crime gone awry, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 6.7
 114K
The Call (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jordan Turner is an experienced 911 operator but when she makes an error in judgment and a call ends badly, Jordan is rattled and unsure if she can continue. But when teenager Casey Welson is abducted in the back of a man's car and calls 911, ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, twist ending, tense, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: kidnapping, woman in danger, serial killer, child abduction, 911, psycho, danger, investigation, youth, murder, graphic violence, lifesaver ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 2K
The Unjust (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A series of murders holds the nation in its sway and the longer the police fail to catch the murderer, the more the public begins to panic. Choi, a highly successful investigator whose methods have always held him back from promotion, senses that ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, police detective, frame up, intrigue, legal, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, crimes, police corruption, police investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Henry likes to kill people, in different ways each time. Henry shares an apartment with Otis. When Otis' sister comes to stay, we see both sides of Henry: "the guy next door" and the serial killer.
Style: realistic, sadistic, disturbing, scary, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, killing spree, psychopath, murder, insanity, strangulation, merciless, incest, rape, manic, prostitute, sexual abuse ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.7
 9K
Highwaymen (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 80 min.
Story: James Cray watched as his wife was killed by Fargo, a hit-and-run serial murderer. After severely injuring Fargo and going to prison for several years, James is now determined to avenge his wife's death. He drives across the country looking for ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, scary, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, car chase, hit and run, murder, revenge, graphic violence, vengeance, deadly, crimes, danger, rivalry, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%