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, clever, realistic, stylized and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with crimes, murder, rivalry, friendship, danger, violence, vengeance, mentor, storytelling and betrayal plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Malta and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as captivating: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Sherlock (2010), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Cast Away (2000), Downton Abbey (2010), Person of Interest (2011), Peaky Blinders (2013), The Blacklist (2013), Game of Thrones (2011), Outlander (2014).

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: captivating, touching, clever, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison life, freedom, life is a bitch, life sentence, prison escape, corruption, confined, criminal heroes, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
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 9.1
 725K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: captivating, clever, witty, psychological, serious ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, sherlock holmes, crime, mind game, mastermind, prodigy, partners, riddles and clues, british, friendship, intelligence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, london, europe, scotland yard
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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, intellectual, dramatic ...
Plot: mathematics, mental illness, paranoia, prodigy, genius, schizophrenia, insanity, imagination, obsession, scientist, mentally unstable, hallucinations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, washington d.c., stockholm sweden ...
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 7.8
 479K
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, island, human spirit, desert island, courage, adventure, sole survivor, solitude, suicide attempt, air disaster ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 8.7
 145K
Downton Abbey (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
Story: A chronicle of the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, tragicomedy, stylized
Audience: girls' night
Plot: estate, aristocracy, master and servant, countryside, family life, manners, high society, love and romance, social differences, parents and children, butler, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 20s, 1920s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
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Person of Interest (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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, hacker, partners against crime, artificial intelligence, computer system, hi-tech, crimes, secret, fighting crime, heroes, computer genius, characters in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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 8.8
 221K
Peaky Blinders (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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, rise to the top, mafia, rivalry, society, family relations, crime, determination, crimes ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: england
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 8.0
 163K
The Blacklist (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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: captivating, tense, exciting, clever, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, secret, special agents, master criminal, intrigue, unlikely partners, danger, investigation, mind game, manipulations, partners, terrorism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa
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 9.3
 1.6M
Game of Thrones (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 57 min.
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, stylized, atmospheric, captivating, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: intrigue, dragon, adventure, betrayal, incest, king, political intrigue, sex scene, royal family, killings, rivalry, political unrest ...
Time: 2010s, middle ages
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 8.4
 97K
Outlander (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 64 min.
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: stylized, captivating, exciting, serious, sentimental
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: time travel, love affair, danger, life turned upside down, adventure, fall in love, true love, love and romance, rivalry, couple relations, battles, love triangle ...
Time: 18th century, year 1945, 20th century, 1940s
Place: scotland, scottish highlands, europe
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 8.5
 1.1M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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, captivating, serious, surprise ending, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, crimes, working undercover, undercover cop, mind game, crime, police, undercover, organized crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, china, taiwan, harvard university
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 7.6
 235K
Mulan (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A tomboyish girl disguises herself as a young man so she can fight with the Imperial Chinese Army against the invading Huns. With help from wise-cracking dragon Mushu, Mulan just might save her country -- and win the heart of handsome Captain Li ...
Style: captivating, feel good, humorous, touching, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, chick flick
Plot: female protagonist, adventure, princess, cross dressing, good versus evil, female warrior, dragon, friendship, boot camp, hidden identity, human spirit, friends ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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 8.7
 606K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
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, suspenseful, dark humor ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, vigilantism, hidden identity, crime, crimes, right and wrong, corpse, forensics, loner, police station, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 8.7
 383K
House (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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, captivating, psychological, witty ...
Plot: doctor, prodigy, talented, mastermind, loner, hospital, patient, antisocial behavior, doctors and patients, unconventional method, loneliness, riddles and clues ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
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 8.5
 1.2M
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, exciting, breathtaking, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: vengeance, roman empire, warrior, gladiator, pride and honor, slavery, courage, freedom, revenge, heroes, tragic hero, master warrior ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: spain, italy, north africa, germany, rome italy
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 7.9
 108K
Revenge (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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: captivating, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: chick flick
Plot: high society, undercover, vengeance, haunted by the past, hidden identity, pretense, strong female character, secret, scheme, millionaire, mysterious character, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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 8.2
 166K
Lucifer (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
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, humorous, entertaining, colourful, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: devil, immortality, hell, supernatural, demon, fallen angel, murder investigation, female detective, psychologist, immortal, lapd, supernatural power ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 8.5
 1.1M
The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
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: surprise ending, twists and turns, psychological, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: rivalry, obsession, secret, uninhibited rivalry, illusion, magical, magic, deception, diary, stage magic, teleportation, mystery ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 20th century, 1890s, victorian era ...
Place: london, europe, england, colorado
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 9.5
 1.3M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
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: tense, captivating, psychological, serious, clever ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug lord, master criminal, life turned upside down, drugs/alcohol, unlikely partners, crimes, teacher, double life, peril, drug cartel, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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 7.4
 498K
Limitless (2011)
Genre: Mystery, 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: captivating, clever, intellectual, suspenseful, cerebral ...
Plot: intelligence, superhuman powers, rise to the top, success, prodigy, life turned upside down, ambition, drug abuse, happy ending, rags to riches, greed, overnight success ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 9.0
 453K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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, tense, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, crime, crimes, partners, partners against crime, investigation, murder, uncover truth, troubled, murderer ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 7.8
 98K
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: psychological, twist ending, serious, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: loneliness, forgery, mysterious character, obsession, collector, painting, age difference, old friend, agoraphobia, art collector, love and romance, high society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, prague czech republic, vienna
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The Last Kingdom (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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: realistic, epic, captivating, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: battles, king, kingdom, danger, rivalry, escapades, british, vengeance, heroes, castle, political unrest, viking ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe
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 8.5
 334K
Suits (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: While running from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant young college-dropout, slips into a job interview with one of New York City's best legal closers, Harvey Specter. Tired of cookie-cutter law school grads, Harvey takes a gamble by ...
Style: captivating, witty, serious, stylized, talky ...
Audience: date night, boys' night, family outing
Plot: lawyer, hotshot lawyer, prodigy, law firm, success, mentor, boss and employee, legal, rivalry, deal, rivals, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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 8.3
 50K
Forever (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Doctor Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn't just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: immortality, investigation, supernatural, law enforcement, crime, laboratory, crimes, secret, murder investigation, female detective, friendship, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: new york, usa
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 9.2
 1.5M
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, family saga ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, pride and honor, gang war, criminal heroes, crimes, greed, mob boss, lawyer, cosa nostra, power struggle ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, new york, sicily, usa ...
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, France, Spain, USA, Czech Republic, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Latvia, UK
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: obsession, psychopath, serial killer, dark fantasy, insanity, dangerous attraction, perfume, genius, corpse, woman in danger, killings, deadly ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 158 min.
Story: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, disturbing, serious, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, rape, danger, sexual abuse, missing person, crime, search, crimes, partners, journalist, uncover truth, strong sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s, year 1966
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
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 7.1
 102K
Riverdale (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.
Style: captivating, tense, suspenseful, biting, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, friends, youth, small town, friendship, teenage life, murder, love triangle, investigation, danger, parents and children, crimes ...
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 7.0
 310K
Maleficent (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the 1959 classic 'Sleeping Beauty'. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading ...
Style: fairy tale, captivating, exciting, stylized, serious ...
Plot: fairy, magical, witch, good versus evil, fantasy world, dark fantasy, imaginary kingdom, princess, curses spells and rituals, in the woods, heroine, wizards and magicians ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: france
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