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, stylized, realistic, clever and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with crimes, violence, danger, rivalry, murder, friendship, husband wife relationship, betrayal, storytelling and vengeance plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as captivating: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Peaky Blinders (2013), Outlander (2014), Revenge (2011), Dexter (2006), Game of Thrones (2011), Sherlock (2010), Forever (2014), Riverdale (2016), The Godfather (1972).

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, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, survival, criminal heroes, hopes, life is a bitch, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, maine, pacific ocean
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 8.8
 181K
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: captivating, serious, atmospheric, clever, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, society, family relations, rivalry, rise to the top, gangsters, crimes, crime, organized crime, fighting crime, determination, mafia ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: england
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 8.5
 90K
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: captivating, exciting, stylized, serious, sentimental
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: time travel, love affair, danger, life turned upside down, adventure, true love, rivalry, love and romance, love triangle, fall in love, couple relations, nurse ...
Time: 18th century, year 1945, 20th century, 1940s
Place: scotland, europe, scottish highlands
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 7.9
 107K
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, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hidden identity, vengeance, high society, haunted by the past, pretense, crimes, undercover, family secret, young people, secret, millionaire, deception ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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 8.7
 590K
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: captivating, clever, dark humor, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, hidden identity, double life, crimes, crime, vigilantism, right and wrong, police station, corpse, forensics, killings, loner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 9.5
 1.4M
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: atmospheric, captivating, sexual, epic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: intrigue, dragon, incest, betrayal, political intrigue, palaces castles and temples, politics, royal family, adventure, king, killings, political unrest ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s
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 9.2
 689K
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: clever, witty, captivating, serious, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, private detective, prodigy, mind game, partners, crime, mastermind, friendship, riddles and clues, sherlock holmes, british, intelligence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, europe, london, scotland yard
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 8.3
 49K
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: captivating, atmospheric, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: immortality, investigation, crimes, friendship, buddies, supernatural ability, supernatural, law enforcement, laboratory, murder investigation, secret, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: new york, usa
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 7.4
 81K
Riverdale (2016)
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, biting, tense, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: small town, high school, investigation, friendship, teenage life, friends, youth, love and romance, parents and children, murder, crimes, family relations ...
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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: captivating, suspenseful, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, sexual abuse, danger, crime, rape, missing person, uncover truth, journalist, partners, search, abuse, unlikely relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s, year 1966
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
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 9.2
 1.4M
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: mafia, organized crime, pride and honor, gang war, gangsters, crimes, criminal heroes, crime family, mob boss, family business, greed, lawyer ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1950s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: italy, new york, europe, usa, sicily ...
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 8.7
 140K
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, stylized, realistic, tragicomedy
Audience: girls' night
Plot: estate, aristocracy, master and servant, family relations, family life, countryside, manners, love and romance, parents and children, social differences, inheritance, high society ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 20s, 1920s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
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 9.0
 265K
Fargo (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.
Style: dark humor, captivating, atmospheric, cynical, suspenseful ...
Plot: small town, crimes, police investigation, crime, psychopath, killings, small town life, americana, law enforcement, gory, crime gone awry, sheriff ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, year 2006, 2000s ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: clever, captivating, biting, cynical, dark humor ...
Plot: rise and fall, success, ambition, cons and scams, wall street, blind ambition, hotshot hero, drugs/alcohol, millionaire, corporate crimes, greed, strong sexual content ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1987, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, geneva switzerland, las vegas, mediterranean sea ...
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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, hi-tech, computer system, fighting crime, partners against crime, crimes, inventions and discoveries, artificial intelligence, privacy invasion, secret, hitman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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 8.2
 125K
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, biblical
Audience: teens
Plot: immortality, female detective, murder investigation, supernatural, hell, devil, psychologist, demon, police detective, good versus evil, lapd, police ...
Place: los angeles
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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: exciting, captivating, epic, stylized, serious ...
Plot: battles, kingdom, king, danger, escapades, political unrest, rivalry, castle, viking, vengeance, heroes, kidnapping ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit enjoying his quiet life, is swept into an epic quest by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves who seek to reclaim their mountain home from Smaug, the dragon.
Style: captivating, exciting, epic, scenic, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: obsessive quest, imaginary kingdom, adventurer, courage, fantasy world, adventure, treasure hunt, imaginary, journey, mythology, dragon, invisibility ...
Time: 2010s, prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: new zealand
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 8.5
 1.1M
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, captivating, serious, twist ending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mole, mafia, working undercover, undercover cop, undercover, police, mind game, organized crime, crime, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, harvard university, china, taiwan
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 9.5
 1.2M
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, psychological, captivating, serious, rough ...
Plot: drug dealing, life turned upside down, drug lord, drugs/alcohol, double life, crimes, partners, peril, master criminal, family problems, hidden identity, unlikely partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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 8.5
 1.2M
Gladiator (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, UK
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, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: roman empire, vengeance, warrior, master warrior, courage, heroes, tragic hero, pride and honor, emperor, freedom, slavery, revenge ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: spain, dungeon, north africa, rome italy, italy ...
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 7.6
 218K
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, humorous, feel good, touching, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, chick flick
Plot: adventure, good versus evil, dragon, friendship, cross dressing, human spirit, princess, hidden identity, emperor, impersonating, training, danger ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, France, Spain, USA
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, captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: obsession, psychopath, serial killer, insanity, woman in danger, dangerous attraction, perfume, genius, killings, corpse, sense of smell, secret formula ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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 7.9
 45K
The Borgias (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary, Ireland, Canada
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth ...
Style: captivating, serious, clever, epic, realistic ...
Plot: clergy, intrigue, siblings relations, brother sister incest, historical character, manipulations, sin, priest, lust, strong sexual content, ambition, desire ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
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 6.7
 43K
Shadowhunters (2016)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: When Clary Fray's mother has disappeared, Clary joins a band of Shadowhunters; demon killing hunters, and gets caught up in a plan to save the world.
Style: tense, captivating, serious, gothic, bleak
Audience: teen drama
Plot: vampire, werewolf, good versus evil, supernatural power, demon, friendship, family secret, supernatural, female protagonist, teenage girl, strong female character, magic ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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The Walking Dead (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, bleak, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, zombie, apocalypse, plague, supernatural, future dystopia, post apocalypse, zombie apocalypse, chaos, danger, vestiges of humanity, fear ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, georgia
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 8.3
 104K
The Originals (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: A spin-off from The Vampire Diaries and set in New Orleans, The Originals centers on the Mikaelson siblings, otherwise known as the world's original vampires: Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah. Now Klaus must take down his protégé, Marcel, who is ...
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, stylized, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: vampire, witch, supernatural, werewolf, immortality, supernatural romance, magical, rivalry, love and romance, siblings relations, dangerous attraction, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa
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 7.4
 74K
Jane Eyre (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meet the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close ...
Style: touching, captivating, gothic, atmospheric, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: social differences, love and romance, rich and poor, family secret, master and servant, estate, power of love, fall in love, haunted by the past, unlikely couple, society, young woman ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1840s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
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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, touching, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, mathematics, prodigy, paranoia, obsession, genius, schizophrenia, inventions and discoveries, mentally unstable, imagination, mathematician, insanity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, campus, stockholm sweden ...
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Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Major Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and dropped into combat. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. He awakens back at the beginning of the same ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, captivating, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, soldier, evil alien, changing the past or future, military, battles, alien invasion, space and aliens, warrior, immortality, alien, danger ...
Time: future, near future
Place: france, england, europe, germany, paris france ...
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