Movies like I Saw the Devil

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I Saw the Devil (2010)
 7.8
 106K
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, suspenseful, psychological, serious, bleak, rough, disturbing, realistic, twist ending, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, violence, revenge, vengeance, psychopath, extreme violence, cat and mouse, torture, loss of spouse, mercilessness, crime and punishment, sadism, beating, vigilantism, track down, law enforcer, murder of a pregnant woman, police chief, brutality, chase, cannibalism, gory, crimes, tracking device ...
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, deadly, violence, murder, blood, serial killer and death 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), A Bittersweet Life (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.4
 501K
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, psychological, twist ending, atmospheric, brutal ...
Plot: incest, father daughter incest, revenge, vengeance, mind game, confined, loneliness, sin, brother sister incest, older man younger woman relationship, losing-it hero, torture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2003, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: korea, asia, manhattan new york city, hong kong, south korea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 7.9
 56K
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, disappearance, interrogation, search, race against time, woman in danger, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, seoul, asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Action, 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, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, rape, serial killer, evidence, suspicion, search, brutality, partners, victim, stupidity, mishap ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.5
 6K
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, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, crime, mind game, crimes, revenge, forensics, arrest, autopsy, tragic hero, regret, threat ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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, exciting, serious, psychological, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, revenge, crime, crimes, rivalry, gunfight, hitman, hotel, tragic hero, tough heroes, one man army ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, maniac, investigation, murder, fbi, psychology, killings, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, ohio, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, dark humor, banned film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: massacre, masochist, hitman, gang, danger, rage, sadism, psychopath, gory, gangsters, violence, mafia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, rough, dark humor ...
Plot: serial killer, vengeance, law enforcement, chases and races, investigation, murder confession, trap, frame up, murder, crimes, wannabe, strong violent content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 7.6
 70K
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, child killer, women's prison, ex convict, crimes, crime, parents and children, heroine, redemption, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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, torture, master criminal, police investigation, chase, introspection, death, murder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, tense, rough, suspenseful, depressing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organ donation, vengeance, kidnapping, transplant, ransom, black market, suicide, layoff, factory worker, stabbing, crime gone awry, gory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 247K
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: suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense, intense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, investigation, split personality, fbi, murder, cruelty, neo noir, deadly, reporter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: washington d.c., chicago illinois, florida, st. louis missouri, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 65K
Blue Ruin (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news. He sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance but proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Style: atmospheric, tense, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Plot: vengeance, violence, homeless, death, revenge, crimes, vigilantism, haunted by the past, deadly, vigilante, life turned upside down, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: suspenseful, tense, psychological, bloody, scary ...
Plot: violence, serial killer, photographer, gory, crimes, witnessing a crime, butcher, psychopath, deadly, blood, obsession, subway train ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 21K
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: twists and turns, suspenseful, psychological, scary, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, deadly, crime scene, police, interrogation, orphan, law enforcement, uncover truth, psychopath, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 20K
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, tense, suspenseful, brutal, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, criminal gang, undercover cop, working undercover, moral dilemma, crimes, mafia, mind game, police chief, rivalry, group of criminals, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, cult film, rough, psychological, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, rape and revenge, sexual abuse, cruelty, vengeance, sadistic horror, murder, psychopath, revenge, brutality, danger, serial killer ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: england, germany, europe, 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, serious, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing ...
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 ⇓
50%
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 6.2
 47K
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: suspenseful, rough, suspense, intense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, psychopath, webcam, kidnapping, investigation, special agents, website, torture, violence, suicide, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 83K
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, loneliness, gang, violence, investigation, widower, crimes, vengeance, loss of friend, incompetent police, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe, london, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 68K
Death Sentence (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, harsh, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gang, vigilantism, violence, murder, tragic event, justice, crimes, character change, haunted by the past, loss of son, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.3
 142K
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, split personality, police investigation, crimes, secret, police detective, businessman, murder, double life, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 250K
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, stylized, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, psychopath, mind game, fbi, cat and mouse, crime, cannibalism, crimes, special agents, one on one, psychiatrist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florence, venice, europe, italy, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 6.7
 110K
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, tense, surprise ending, psychological ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: kidnapping, serial killer, woman in danger, child abduction, 911, psycho, danger, investigation, chase, murder, graphic violence, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Chrissie and her friends set out on a road trip for a final fling before one is shipped off to Vietnam. Along the way, bikers harass the foursome and cause an accident that throws Chrissie from the vehicle. The lawman who arrives on the scene kills ...
Style: realistic, scary, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, violence, psychopath, cruelty, murder, torture, gory, cannibalism, cannibal, severed foot, sadism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1930s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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: tense, suspenseful, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police detective, serial killer, frame up, deadly, law enforcement, dishonesty, intrigue, police corruption, legal, police investigation, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, merciless, maniac, strangulation, incest, rape, manic, prostitute ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.4
 57K
The Collector (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps.
Style: scary, brutal, macabre, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, psychopath, trap, violence, serial killer, gory, home invasion, held captive, torture, masked man, extreme violence, homicidal maniac ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.6
 1.4M
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, atmospheric, twists and turns, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, crime, police investigation, master criminal, investigation, psychopath, police detective, police, neo noir, torture, killings ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: united states, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
 6.7
 32K
22 Bullets (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Charly Matteï has turned his back on his life as an outlaw. For the last three years, he's led a peaceful life devoting himself to his wife and two children. Then, one winter morning, he's left for dead in the parking garage in ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: violence, mafia, shooting, chase, murder, hospital, left for dead, revenge, cemetery, crimes, crime, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, marseille
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%