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, atmospheric, serious, suspense, stylized and clever films and TV shows about / with murder, death, storytelling, mentor, redemption, chase, blood, destiny, violence and corruption plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as captivating: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Prestige (2006), Gladiator (2000), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Cast Away (2000), The Departed (2006), Sherlock (2010), Breaking Bad (2008), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Limitless (2011).

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: inspirational, touching, philosophical, uplifting, twist ending ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, human spirit, hopes, friendship between men, life, existentialism, wrongful imprisonment, life sentence, false accusation, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, year 1965, year 1963, year 1966 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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 8.5
 1.3M
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, twist ending, psychological, clever ...
Plot: obsession, rivalry, magic, uninhibited rivalry, illusion, secrets, deception, magic trick, magical, illusionist, secret, mystery ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 20th century, 1890s
Place: london, colorado, europe, england
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 8.5
 1.5M
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, exciting, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: revenge, ancient rome, roman empire, vengeance, ancient history, gladiator, sword fight, courage, warrior, slavery, freedom, pride and honor ...
Time: 50s, middle ages
Place: rome italy, ancient greece, north africa, italy, germany ...
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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, suspense, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: con artists, master criminal, prodigy, adventure, fbi, deception, adaptation, creativity, justice, rise and fall, race against time, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1967, 70s, year 1969 ...
Place: new orleans, atlanta georgia, washington d.c., louisiana, france ...
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 7.8
 583K
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, suspense, serious, psychological, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: survival, loneliness, isolation, adventure, stranded on an island, island, desert island, solitude, air disaster, human spirit, courage, determination ...
Time: 2000s, 20th century, 90s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 8.5
 1.3M
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: twist ending, surprise ending, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, police, crimes, mole, organized crime, undercover cop, working undercover, corruption, mind game, violence, gunfight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, china, taiwan ...
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 9.1
 906K
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: clever, witty, captivating, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sherlock holmes, investigation, murder mystery, mastermind, private detective, friendship, partners, riddles and clues, mind game, intelligence, british, prodigy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, scotland yard, europe
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 9.5
 1.8M
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, psychological, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug dealing, life turned upside down, drug lord, crimes, family problems, peril, master criminal, life is a bitch, cancer, unlikely partners, drug cartel, criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, albuquerque new mexico, usa
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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, touching, cerebral, motivational, captivating ...
Plot: mathematics, mental illness, genius, paranoia, schizophrenia, prodigy, mathematician, obsession, insanity, scientist, nobel prize, existentialism ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, 70s, 20th century, 80s ...
Place: new jersey, boston, massachusetts, usa, washington d.c. ...
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 7.4
 567K
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: philosophical, clever, captivating, intellectual, cerebral ...
Plot: intelligence, success, ambition, rise to the top, life turned upside down, prodigy, superhuman powers, drug abuse, rags to riches, overnight success, experimental drug, life changing experience ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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: touching, philosophical, atmospheric, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: true love, life philosophy, aging, tragic love, life & death, love and romance, existentialism, child as adult, impossible love, destiny, puzzle, melancholy ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, english channel, pearl harbor, louisiana ...
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 603K
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: atmospheric, captivating, exciting, witty, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: whodunit, murder mystery, investigation, murder investigation, mansion, murder, eccentric family, mystery killer, large family, private detective, crimes, death ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: massachusetts, new england, usa
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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, epic, rough, breathtaking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: war, world war two, military, courage, sniper, army, battles, self sacrifice, heroic mission, d day, friendship, nazi ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, 20th century, middle ages
Place: normandy, france, poland, germany, europe ...
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 7.8
 118K
The Best Offer (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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: twists and turns, twist ending, psychological, enigmatic, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: loneliness, art collector, collector, art, deception, age difference, obsession, mysterious character, art theft, forgery, painting, adult virgin ...
Time: 18th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: vienna, prague, europe, italy
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 7.6
 371K
The Illusionist (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Czech Republic
Duration: 110 min.
Story: With his eye on a lovely aristocrat, a gifted illusionist named Eisenheim uses his powers to win her away from her betrothed, a crowned prince. But Eisenheim's scheme creates tumult within the monarchy and ignites the suspicion of a dogged ...
Style: surprise ending, captivating, enigmatic, atmospheric, twist ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: magic, forbidden love, wizards and magicians, love triangle, secrets, investigation, death, magical, murder, police investigation, rivals, fame ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1890s, edwardian era, 1880s ...
Place: vienna, austria, london, europe, england
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 7.9
 623K
Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Style: philosophical, motivational, scenic, captivating, dramatic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: survival, ocean, adventure, human animal relationship, animals, beautiful scenery, life, stranded, hopes, journey, human nature, survivor ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, pacific ocean, toronto ontario canada, montreal, mexico ...
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 201 min.
Story: Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron's forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam bring the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, exciting, breathtaking, captivating ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, good versus evil, adventure, magical, wizards, warrior, imaginary kingdom, battles, courage, sword and sorcery, sword fight, ancient ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: new zealand
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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: captivating, rough, epic, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, slavery, bounty hunter, vengeance, revenge, violent, dark humor, african american, gunfight, old west, courage, one against many ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa, mississippi, tennessee, texas, austin texas
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 7.5
 516K
Source Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, discovering he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He learns he's part of a top-secret experimental program that enables ...
Style: surprise ending, mind bending, suspense, captivating, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, train, changing the past or future, destiny, save the day, alternate reality, bomb, parallel universe, memory, race against time, courage ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, illinois, chicago illinois, afghanistan
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 1.2M
Avatar (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.
Style: futuristic, exciting, breathtaking, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, girls' night, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: alien, culture clash, adventure, space and aliens, fantasy world, creature, alien planet, space travel, mysterious planet, human nature, beautiful scenery, expedition ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 2.0M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: inspirational, touching, feel good, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: mentally challenged, life philosophy, love, human spirit, destiny, philosophy, journey, rise to the top, life, vietnam war, courage, selflessness ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china, alabama ...
Is relevant ?
 8.9
 554K
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: neo noir, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic, clever ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, investigation, murderer, crimes, partners, partners against crime, murder, drinking problem, murder investigation, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, california, usa
Is relevant ?
 9.2
 2.0M
Game of Thrones (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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: epic, atmospheric, captivating, stylized, breathtaking ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, boys' night
Plot: dragon, intrigue, incest, medieval, power struggle, political intrigue, fantasy world, conflict, king, vicious, throne, rivalry ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s
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 8.8
 510K
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, serious, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, gang, gang war, mafia, determination, power struggle, cruelty, crime boss, crimes, rivalry, society ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, ireland, london, britain
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 8.0
 242K
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, twists and turns, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, investigation, master criminal, special agents, unlikely partners, intrigue, mind game, crimes, partners, law enforcement, killings, terrorism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 2010s, 2020s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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 9.2
 1.8M
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, atmospheric, captivating, epic, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, revenge, crime family, crimes, greed, pride and honor, crime boss, gang war, mob boss, patriarch ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: italy, new york, bronx new york city, sicily, manhattan new york city ...
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 8.1
 964K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, suspense, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: mystery, murder mystery, infidelity, missing person, investigation, police investigation, manipulation, adultery, femme fatale, disappearance, missing wife, murder suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s, year 2012
Place: usa, missouri, manhattan new york city, new york, st. louis missouri
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 8.9
 366K
Fargo (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, neo noir, clever, cynical ...
Plot: crimes, dark humor, small town, police investigation, psychopath, small town life, killings, law enforcement, policewoman, snow, police officer, killer ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, future, year 2006 ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
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 8.7
 716K
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: captivating, clever, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, hidden identity, double life, right and wrong, crime investigation, loner, corpse, forensics, police station, dark humor, killings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
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, twist ending, macabre ...
Plot: serial killer, obsession, perfume, psychopath, insanity, genius, woman in danger, killings, dangerous attraction, sense of smell, corpse, master apprentice relationship ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era
Place: france, paris france, provence, europe
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