Captivating movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant captivating movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out captivating, serious, realistic, clever, suspense and stylized films and TV shows about / with murder, death, crimes, vengeance, rivalry, friendship, storytelling, danger, mentor and violence plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as captivating: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Sherlock (2010), The Prestige (2006), Cast Away (2000), The Best Offer (2013), Knives Out (2019), The Departed (2006), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Limitless (2011), Gladiator (2000).

List of captivating movies

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: touching, clever, captivating, inspirational, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, life sentence, plot twist, criminal heroes, hopes, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, maine, mexico
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 9.1
 785K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
TV show
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: witty, clever, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, crime, mind game, prodigy, mastermind, british, sherlock holmes, riddles and clues, partners, friendship, murder mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, europe, scotland yard
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 8.5
 1.2M
The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, captivating, psychological, twist ending ...
Plot: obsession, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, illusion, deception, secret, magical, magic, diary, stage magic, teleportation, mystery ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 20th century, 1890s ...
Place: london, england, europe, colorado
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 7.8
 515K
Cast Away (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Chuck, a top international manager for FedEx, and Kelly, a Ph.D. student, are in love and heading towards marriage. Then Chuck's plane to Malaysia ditches at sea during a terrible storm. He's the only survivor, and he washes up on a tiny ...
Style: captivating, serious, suspense, gloomy, ambiguous ending ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: survival, loneliness, isolation, desert island, island, human spirit, courage, air disaster, sole survivor, adventure, tropical island, solitude ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 7.8
 106K
The Best Offer (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Virgil Oldman is a world renowned antiques expert and auctioneer. An eccentric genius, he leads a solitary life, going to extreme lengths to keep his distance from the messiness of human relationships. When appointed by the beautiful but emotionally ...
Style: twist ending, captivating, psychological, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: loneliness, forgery, art theft, collector, obsession, mysterious character, painting, art collector, age difference, solitude, plot twist, deception ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, prague czech republic, vienna, prague
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 7.9
 406K
Knives Out (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his ...
Style: captivating, witty, atmospheric, exciting, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: murder mystery, eccentric family, mansion, investigation, murder investigation, private detective, murder, mystery killer, inheritance, crime, whodunit, suspect ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, new england
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 8.5
 1.2M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: tense, surprise ending, captivating, serious, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, crimes, police, working undercover, undercover cop, neo noir, crime, mind game, undercover, organized crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, taiwan, china, harvard university
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Style: captivating, sentimental, touching, philosophical, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, impossible love, tragic love, true love, aging, life & death, life philosophy, child as adult, odd, existentialism, adult as child, journey ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1920s, 1940s, 60s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, manhattan new york city, india, atlantic ocean ...
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A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, captivating, cerebral, interesting, dramatic ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, prodigy, genius, insanity, schizophrenia, imagination, existentialism, obsession, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, washington d.c., stockholm sweden ...
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 7.4
 521K
Limitless (2011)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract ...
Style: clever, captivating, intellectual, cerebral, psychological ...
Plot: intelligence, superhuman powers, ambition, rise to the top, success, prodigy, life turned upside down, drug abuse, greed, rags to riches, overnight success, writers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 8.5
 1.3M
Gladiator (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Malta, Morocco
Duration: 155 min.
Story: In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus ascends to ...
Style: epic, captivating, breathtaking, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: roman empire, vengeance, warrior, gladiator, pride and honor, freedom, courage, slavery, revenge, sword fight, heroes, tragic hero ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: rome italy, italy, north africa, germany, spain
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 9.5
 1.4M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live, he becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's ...
Style: captivating, tense, clever, serious, psychological ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug lord, crimes, master criminal, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, unlikely partners, family problems, teacher, peril, desperation, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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Django Unchained (2012)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Style: dark humor, captivating, rough, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, bounty hunter, old west, slavery, vengeance, racism, african american, one against many, gory, society, rescue, courage ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa, mississippi, tennessee, texas
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 8.8
 316K
Peaky Blinders (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
Style: atmospheric, tense, captivating, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, organized crime, gang war, determination, power struggle, crimes, society, rivalry, mafia, cruelty, rise to the top ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 20s
Place: england, ireland
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not ...
Style: clever, captivating, exciting, intense, suspense ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: con artists, master criminal, prodigy, fbi, adventure, justice, crime, rise and fall, deception, crimes, creativity, cat and mouse ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1969 ...
Place: usa, florida, spain, california, paris france ...
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 8.4
 118K
Outlander (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 64 min.
TV show
Story: The story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and ...
Style: captivating, stylized, exciting, serious, sentimental
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: time travel, love affair, life turned upside down, fall in love, danger, adventure, love and romance, true love, rivalry, love triangle, imaginary, battles ...
Time: 18th century, year 1945, 1940s, 20th century
Place: scotland, scottish highlands, europe, britain
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 9.2
 1.6M
The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, pride and honor, criminal heroes, gang war, crimes, cosa nostra, greed, mob boss, lawyer, corruption ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: italy, new york, europe, sicily, usa ...
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Person of Interest (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Person of Interest follows former CIA paramilitary operative, John Reese, who is presumed dead and teams up with reclusive billionaire Finch to prevent violent crimes in New York City by initiating their own type of justice. With the special ...
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, clever, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: surveillance, artificial intelligence, hacker, partners against crime, hi-tech, computer system, computer genius, mysterious character, crimes, fighting crime, privacy invasion, unconventional method ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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The Last Kingdom (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A show of heroic deeds and epic battles with a thematic depth that embraces politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for identity. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the ...
Style: captivating, realistic, epic, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: king, battles, kingdom, danger, rivalry, castle, vengeance, heroes, british, political unrest, escapades, viking ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe
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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
Style: realistic, captivating, bleak, epic, rough ...
Plot: military, war, army, battles, world war two, sniper, heroic mission, courage, warrior, rescue, d day, bravery ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: normandy, france, europe, poland, germany ...
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 8.7
 406K
House (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Dr. Gregory House, a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic medical genius, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.
Style: clever, cynical, witty, dark humor, psychological ...
Plot: prodigy, doctor, talented, patient, human nature, mastermind, hospital, treatment, antisocial behavior, loner, doctors and patients, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
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 9.0
 487K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: realistic, bleak, clever, captivating, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, serial killer, crime, neo noir, investigation, crimes, partners, partners against crime, murder, uncover truth, murderer ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 8.0
 188K
The Blacklist (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In ...
Style: tense, captivating, exciting, serious, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, master criminal, special agents, danger, unlikely partners, manipulations, investigation, partners, terrorism, law enforcement, mind game, intrigue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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 7.8
 111K
Revenge (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: When Emily Thorne moves to the Hamptons, everyone wonders about the new girl, but she knows everything about them, including what they did to her family. Years ago, they took everything from her. Now, one by one, she's going to make them pay.
Style: twists and turns, captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: chick flick
Plot: high society, strong female character, vengeance, hidden identity, undercover, pretense, haunted by the past, enemy, crimes, dishonesty, scheme, mysterious character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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 8.6
 632K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have ...
Style: clever, captivating, serious, dark humor, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, vigilantism, double life, hidden identity, corpse, crimes, forensics, right and wrong, loner, crime, crime investigation, police detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: "Rimuru Tempest" is the new name of a slime in a fantasy world taken by a former 37-year-old human Satou Mikami after he is killed by a passing robber. Broken free from ordinary, stale past life, his fresh adventure in a fantasy world as a ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, sincere, humorous
Plot: adventure, friendship, danger, fantasy world, parallel world, reincarnation, death, heroes, dragon, murder, demon, escapades ...
Place: japan
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, France, Spain, USA, Belgium
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of 18th century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. However, his work takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, captivating, macabre, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, obsession, serial killer, dark fantasy, perfume, woman in danger, dangerous attraction, insanity, corpse, killings, deadly, genius ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: france, paris france, europe
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 9.3
 1.7M
Game of Thrones (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 57 min.
TV show
Story: Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the ...
Style: sexual, atmospheric, twists and turns, stylized, epic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: dragon, intrigue, king, fantasy world, adventure, incest, political intrigue, rivalry, betrayal, royal family, imaginary, killings ...
Time: 2010s, middle ages
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 8.3
 25K
Poldark (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Britain is in the grip of a chilling recession... falling wages, rising prices, civil unrest - only the bankers are smiling. It's 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ...
Style: captivating, realistic, family saga, serious, saga
Plot: countryside, family relations, estate, love and romance, society, rich and poor, master and servant, social differences, love affair, couple relations, english countryside, poverty ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1780s, 1790s
Place: england, cornwall
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 8.2
 216K
Lucifer (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker to take down criminals. But the longer he's away from the underworld, the ...
Style: captivating, entertaining, romantic, colourful, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: devil, lucifer, supernatural, immortality, fallen angel, hell, demon, female detective, murder investigation, lapd, supernatural power, psychologist ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
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