Motive movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant motive movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspense, suspenseful, realistic, cult film, clever and surprise ending films and TV shows about / with motive, murder, crimes, investigation, blood, chase, danger, death, revenge and violence plots mostly in Mystery, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as motive: Scream (2022), Motive (2013), Population Zero (2016), The Wolves (2019), V/H/S/2 (2013), Throw Momma from the Train (1987), Brick (2005), Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), It Stains the Sands Red (2016), The Sinner (2017).

List of motive movies

 6.3
 112K
Scream (2022)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.
Style: slasher, bleak, suspenseful, psychotronic, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: masked killer, serial killer, murder mystery, sister sister relationship, whodunit, homicidal maniac, killing spree, threatening telephone call, sadistic psychopath, murder investigation, gory violence, masked villain ...
Time: 21st century, 2020s
Place: usa, california
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 7.4
 6K
Motive (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A cat-and-mouse series with a twist on the everyday whodunit, "Motive" centers on Angie Flynn, a detective on a backwards chase for clues to a killer that has already been revealed to viewers. The series, filmed in Vancouver, is an ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: murder investigation, female detective, police detective, unconventional method, murder mystery, honest law enforcer, fighting crime, police investigation, sergeant, law enforcement, crimes, cat and mouse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, vancouver
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Population Zero (2016)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: In 2009 three young men were killed in a remote part of Yellowstone National Park. Authorities never found the murderer. He found them! Hours after the trio were gunned down, Dwayne Nelson confessed to the crime. Despite this Nelson was allowed to ...
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: found footage, murder, murderer, confession, national park, murder investigation, law and order, criminal, killings, social problems, crimes, legal ...
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 7.2
 1K
The Wolves (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Max and Leo are 8 and 5 years old and have just immigrated to the US with their mother. Their days pass inside a tiny apartment, while they wait for their mother to come back, as they hold on to the hope of traveling to Disney.
Style: disturbing, sentimental, sincere, unusual plot structure, sad ...
Plot: brother brother relationship, immigration, mexican, grownups, immigrant family, motive, illegal immigration, mother son relationship, secret, bigger dreams, female protagonist, working mom ...
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 6.0
 41K
V/H/S/2 (2013)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But ...
Style: disturbing, scary, suspenseful, suspense, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: found footage, supernatural, zombie, monster, murder, violence, videotaping, strong violent content, alien abduction, ghost, paranormal investigation, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Larry Donner is a author and writing professor who tutors people who want to write books. Larry's life has become a misery when his Ex-wife has published a book he wrote under her name and has gotten rich over it. Owen Lift, one of Larry's ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, suspense, funny ...
Plot: dark humor, train, murder, unlikely friendships, disorder, nothing goes right, crimes, family relations, strangulation, dysfunctional family, railway, professor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, los angeles, hawaii
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 7.2
 106K
Brick (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, talky, tricky, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: drugs, high school, investigation, teenager, twists and turns, murder, mystery, drug lord, gangsters, murder mystery, coming of age, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Summoned from an ashram in Tibet, Ace finds himself on a perilous journey into the jungles of Africa to find Shikaka, the missing sacred animal of the friendly Wachati tribe. He must accomplish this before the wedding of the Wachati's Princess ...
Style: funny, absurd, humorous, not serious, talky ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: adventure, stupidity, jungle, animals, farce, dumb, gross out humor, human animal relationship, save the day, disorder, crimes, goofy hero ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: africa, nigeria, asia, china, himalaya ...
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It Stains the Sands Red (2016)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, A troubled woman from Las Vegas with a dark past, finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone and ravenous zombie on her tail.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: zombie, desert, female protagonist, stripper, zombie apocalypse, rape, survival, murder, chase, wilderness, cocaine, pandemic ...
Place: usa, las vegas, mojave desert
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 7.9
 125K
The Sinner (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A young mother kills in a fit of unexplainable rage a seemingly stranger. An inquisitive detective obsesses over the case, attempting to get to the bottom of the true motive behind the act.
Style: melancholic, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: psychological trauma, murder investigation, murder, memory loss, criminal, investigation, manslaughter, sister sister relationship, past coming back to haunt, amnesia, crime investigation, drugs ...
Time: 21st century
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The Student Body (1976)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Carrie, Mitzie, and Chicago get in trouble a lot in the women's prison, but are offered early parolement if they agree to become subjects of a study on human aggression and antisocial behavior at a Kansas City college. Dr. Blalock, the ...
Style: psychotronic, cult film
Plot: women's prison, female nudity, voyeur, car accident, criminal, hysteria, psychoanalysis, corruption, drugs, suicide attempt, carnival, hidden camera ...
Time: 70s
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Bezmiar Sprawiedliwosci (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Poland
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Young Lukasz, who was persuaded by his father to study law, listens to the story of experienced lawyer Wilczek about a memorable murder case from his past.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, unusual plot structure, exciting
Plot: lawyer, court, prison sentence, falsely accused, revenge motive, truth, murder investigation, false accusation, judge, murder, legal, witness ...
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Bitter Flowers (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Norway, Sweden, Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Karsten Aslaksen, chief engineer of a large chemical company, disappears without trace. His married lover, a successful politician named Vibeke Farang, approaches private investigator Varg Veum to track him down discreetly.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense, neo noir ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, murder, mystery, life is a bitch, child in peril, abduction, justice, private investigator, who done it, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway
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 6.9
 857
Newsfront (1978)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Australia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Surprisingly adventurous saga of an intrepid group of cinematographers and reporters who risk life and limb to capture footage of breaking news for the movie-going public.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: journalism, female nudity, world war two, brother brother relationship, news reporter, media, contests and competitions, artists and showbiz, state affairs, politics, siblings relations, city life ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, year 1949, year 1951
Place: australia, sydney australia
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 7.4
 345K
Scream (1996)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the 'rules' of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, scary, suspense, twist ending ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick, date night
Plot: high school, serial killer, murder, teenager, masked killer, small town, twists and turns, woman in danger, teenage life, psychopath, violent, maniac ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa
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 6.2
 151K
Scream 4 (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, ...
Style: scary, slasher, suspenseful, suspense, macabre ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: serial killer, masked killer, woman in danger, serial murder, mystery killer, murder, twists and turns, high school, revenge, teenager, monster, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa
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The Pink Panther (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA, Czech Republic
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Inspector Dreyfus assigns the worst police ...
Style: humorous, light, absurd, melancholic, funny ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: robbery, inspector, goofy hero, law enforcement, incompetent police, riddles and clues, farce, investigation, death, chase, revenge, redemption ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, new york, usa, europe ...
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Murder by Death (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Lionel Twain invites the world's five greatest detectives to a 'dinner and murder'. Included are a blind butler, a deaf-mute maid, screams, spinning rooms, secret passages, false identities and more plot turns and twists than are ...
Style: parody, surprise ending, funny, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: murder, private detective, butler, old mansion, whodunit, mystery, dark and stormy night, who done it, twists and turns, riddles and clues, mansion, guest ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
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The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Horror
Country: France, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: scary, realistic, serious, mind bending, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, retirement, gorilla, monkey, murder, rivalry, mass murder, riddles and clues, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, mystery ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1940s
Place: paris france, europe, france
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Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A new vigilante, Batwoman, is wreaking havoc in Gotham City. The dynamic duo must discover her true identity.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: superhero, batman, revenge, good versus evil, adventure, justice, fighting crime, heroic mission, righting the wronged, escapades, crimes, supernatural ability ...
Time: 2000s
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Place of Execution (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 137 min.
TV show
Story: A young girl mysteriously vanishes from her English village home. Forty-five years later, a journalist's attempts to make a documentary on the case threaten to shatter the lives of all involved.
Style: serious, realistic, mind bending, suspenseful, psychological thriller
Plot: investigation, village, amateur detective, journalism, private detective, crimes, switching roles, injustice, conspiracy, missing girl, justice, suspect ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, year 1963, year 1964
Place: england, london
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 5.0
 320
Sweet Evil (1996)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The tale of a yuppie couple unable to conceive and desperate for a child. They enlist the services of Jennifer to act as surrogate mother. Unbeknownst to the couple, Jennifer has an ulterior motive to this union - to exact revenge for a childhood ...
Style: erotic, hot
Plot: surrogate mother, revenge, sex crime, woman seduces a man, obsession, tragedy, childhood, child molestation, pregnancy, car accident, deviant sex, seductress ...
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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, UK, Malta
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the Orient Express train.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, artsy, twist ending, dramatic ...
Plot: investigation, murder mystery, train, whodunit, vengeance, murder, snow, private detective, crimes, justice, conspiracy, suspect ...
Time: 1930s, year 1934, 1920s, pre world war two, post world war one
Place: alps, venice, jerusalem, istanbul turkey, mediterranean sea ...
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Rehearsal for Murder (1982)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A year after his fiancée's death, a playwright schedules a rehearsal for his new play, which proves to be a trap for her killer.
Style: surprise ending, suspense
Plot: flashback, loss of wife, suicide, murder, suspect, theater, whodunit, blackout, motive, producer, playwright, rehearsal ...
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Gas, Inspector Palmu! (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Finland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The prequel, Komisario Palmun erehdys (1960), was a huge success, but its producer T.J. Särkkä forgot to reserve the filming rights of Mika Waltari's other Palmu-novel "Kuka murhasi rouva Skrofin". Mauno Mäkelä bought the rights ...
Plot: whodunit, inspector, urban setting, murderer, male female relationship, corrupt priest, motive, artist, painter, dog, lawyer, confession ...
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Tomb of Torture (1963)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A woman is tormented by dreams that she is the reincarnation of a dead countess. Her father, trying to get her to stop the dreams, takes her to a village near the castle of the late countess. In the village she meets a reporter who is investigating ...
Style: gothic, gothic horror, psychotronic
Plot: castle, reincarnation, dream, countess, estate, basement, unconsciousness, nightmare, torture chamber, investigator, jewelry, control ...
Place: europe
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The Fappening (2015)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Alan Smithee is a struggling filmmaker that has had sex with countless actresses that were trying to break into the business. One day his cellphone gets hacked and naked pictures and sex videos of these women are leaked online, destroying their ...
Style: slasher, suspense, scary, bleak, surprise ending ...
Plot: serial killer, revenge, serial murder, villain, masked killer, characters killed one by one, betrayal, psychopath, fear, home invasion, oral sex, characters murdered one by one ...
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Golden Earrings (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Ronnie and Sara are best friends and roommates. And for Ronnie, Sara is her whole world. She does everything with her and their small group of friends. But one day, Sara suddenly disappears and Ronnie is left with a hole in her life that she cannot ...
Style: enigmatic, psychological, disturbing, suspense, surprise ending
Plot: missing person, obsession, insanity, ghost, murder, depression, obsessive love, split personality, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, friend, mental illness, paranoia ...
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If a Tree Falls (2010)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Siblings, Brad and Lisa Carpenter, along with two lifelong family friends, Will and Vanessa, set out road-tripping to an annual family reunion. They make the decision to find a place to stop and camp for the night. What ensues is a violent ...
Style: slasher, suspense, scary, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: camping, fear, depravity, brutality, violence, canadian, abduction, torture, delusion, psychotic, forest, statistics ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada
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Lady Psycho Killer (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A doe-eyed knife-wielding killer is on the loose in a small town slicing and dicing men of questionable intent left and right. As her brutality leaves a town littered with corpses, her unquenchable blood-lust is lost on her young lover who is ...
Style: slasher, tense, suspense, exciting, psychological ...
Plot: female serial killer, psychopath, psycho killer, homicidal maniac, love, small town, killer, serial killer, murder, sexual fantasy, female killer, female assassin ...
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