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20 best movies like Body Heat (1981)

List of the best movies like Body Heat (1981): Hotel Noir, Cassandra's Dream, Body Double, I Wake Up Screaming, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Forever Mine, Sea of Love, Palmetto, Out of Time, Marnie.

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Markimdb: 5.5
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, film noir
CountryUSA
CharactersHired assassins, Cooks
PlotPassion, Seduction, Mystery
PlaceFrance, Hotels, USA, Los Angeles
StyleAtmospheric, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

Los Angeles, 1958: a detective holes up in a downtown hotel awaiting killers to come get him. During the course of one night he will meet various occupants of the hotel and the truth of how he came to be in his present situation will be revealed.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, France
Duration01:48
CharactersHired assassins, Actors
PlotLove, Gambling, Money, Investigation, Success
PlaceLondon
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Soulful, Smart, Tense

The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go bad and the two become enemies.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersActors
PlotInvestigation, Obsession, Pursuit, Chase
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Tense, Serious

After losing an acting role and his girlfriend, Jake Scully finally catches a break: he gets offered a gig house-sitting in the Hollywood Hills. While peering through the beautiful home's telescope one night, he spies a gorgeous blonde dancing in her window. But when he witnesses the girl's murder, it leads Scully through the netherworld of the adult entertainment industry on a search for answers -- with porn actress Holly Body as his guide.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:22
PlotInvestigation, Obsession, Mystery, False accusations
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleAction, Twisted plot, By books, Atmospheric, Gloomy

A young promoter is accused of the murder of Vicky Lynn, a young actress he "discovered" as a waitress while out with ex-actor Robin Ray and gossip columnist Larry Evans.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryWest Germany, USA
Duration01:56
PlotPassion, Obsession, Conspiracies
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Smart, Tense, Gloomy

This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Based on a novel by James M. Cain.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada, USA
Duration01:55
PlotRevenge, Obsession, Love triangle
PlaceNew York
StylePsychological problems, Action, Gloomy, Serious, Disturbing

A hotel cabana boy falls for the wife of a powerful politico. But when she confesses to the affair, her husband determines to end it forever.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:53
CharactersSerial killers, Friends
PlotPassion, Investigation, Seduction
PlaceNew York
StyleExciting, Action, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Smart

Seen-it-all New York detective Frank Keller is unsettled - he has done twenty years on the force and could retire, and he hasn't come to terms with his wife leaving him for a colleague. Joining up with an officer from another part of town to investigate a series of murders linked by the lonely hearts columns he finds he is getting seriously and possibly dangerously involved with Helen, one of the main suspects.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryGermany, USA
Duration02:02
CharactersWriters, Old man
PlotMoney, Mystery, Missing people, Cheating, Pads
StyleAction, Soulful, Atmospheric, Tense, Gloomy

A recently released ex-con gets involved in a fake kidnapping scheme that turns very real.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersGangsters, Heroes
PlotInvestigation, Divorce, Pads
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Tense, Serious

Matt Lee Whitlock, respected chief of police in small Banyan Key, Florida, must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion. Matt Lee has to stay a few steps ahead of his own police force and everyone he's trusted in order to find out the truth.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:10
CharactersHorses, Thieves
PlotMoney, Obsession, Chase, Blackmail
TimeHoneymoon
StylePsychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Smart

Marnie is a beautiful kleptomaniac who is in love with businessman Mark Rutland. Marnie who is a compulsive thief is being watched by her new boss Mark who suspects her of stealing from him and thus decides to blackmail her in the most unusual way. A psychological thriller from Alfred Hitchcock based on a novel of the same name by Winston Graham.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Germany, France
Duration02:01
CharactersActors
PlotPassion, Investigation, Obsession, Love triangle, Mystery
PlaceUSA, Los Angeles
StyleAtmospheric, Smart, Tense, Gloomy, Serious

Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940s Los Angeles and, when an aspiring young actress turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films and family madness as they pursue the killer.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersReporters
PlotLove, Investigation, Obsession
PlacePrison, Small cities
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy

As investigative reporter Ward Jansen and his partner Yardley Acheman chase a sensational, career-making story with the help of Ward's younger brother Jack and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless, the pair tries to prove violent swamp-dweller Hillary Van Wetter was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersDirectors
PlotAdventure, Passion, Investigation
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Tense, Serious

A passionate filmmaker creating a film based upon a true crime casts an unknown mysterious young woman bearing a disturbing resemblance to the femme fatale in the story. Unsuspectingly, he finds himself drawn into a complex web of haunting intrigue: he becomes obsessed with the woman, the crime, her possibly notorious past, and the disturbing complexity between art and truth. From the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to Verona, Rome, and London, new truths are revealed and clues to other crimes and passions, darker and even more complex, are uncovered.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:29
CharactersPolice
PlotTreason, Abduction, Investigation, Intrigue, Mystery
PlaceUSA, Office, New York
StyleInteresting, Unexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Twisted plot

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.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:05
CharactersLawyers
PlotObsession, False accusations
StyleRomantic, Action, By books, Smart, Serious

The beautiful Mrs. Paradine is accused of poisoning her older, blind husband. She hires married Anthony Keane as her lawyer and when he begins to fall in love with her, she encourages him.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersSerial killers, FBI
PlotPassion, Investigation, Obsession, Volcanoes
PlaceIslands
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Tense, Serious

Federal agent Alexandra Barnes believes that Catherine Petersen is a serial killer who marries rich men and then murders them for their money. But since Catherine is seemingly a master of disguise and has multiple identities, Alexandra can't prove anything with conventional detective work. With no other option, she goes undercover, pursuing the same man as Catherine, and hoping that Catherine will slip up and reveal her true identity.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersSheriffs
PlotDrug addict, Inheritance
PlaceTexas, USA, Small cities
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense

Young lovers Billy and Sarah journey from L.A. to Texas with plans to make a false claim to the valuable assets left behind by a dead friend. But when their voyage brings them to Tremo, Texas, they find a bizarre and sinister world awaiting them.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:50
CharactersScammers
PlotPassion, Intrigue, Rivalry
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Smart, Tense

A young short-con grifter suffers both injury and the displeasure of reuniting with his criminal mother, all the while dating an unpredictable young lady.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
PlotTravel, Passion
StyleRomantic, Action, Serious, Disturbing

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.

Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada, USA
Duration01:35
CharactersGangsters, Hired assassins
PlotLove, Passion, Obsession
PlaceNew York
StyleTense, Serious, Disturbing

Cynical hit man Mick is tiring of his job and asks his boss George for time off. However, George gives him the assignment of his life, prompting Mick's soul-searching to reach new heights. Mick is asked to kill sultry Fiona, who owes George money and claims she wants to die. But as Mick spends time with her, he finds himself falling for her.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:10
CharactersAccountant
PlotRobbery, Passion, Love triangle
PlaceTexas
StyleAtmospheric, Gloomy, Serious, Disturbing

A loner moves in to a small Texas town, finds himself a job, and sets about plotting to rob the local bank.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, France
Duration02:07
CharactersKillers, Journalists, Lovers, Reporters
PlotSkirmishes, Investigation, Political, Chase, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Heavy

Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
PlotSkirmishes, Pursuit, Chase, Funeral
PlaceTrains
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

A sheltered Amish child is the sole witness of a brutal murder in a restroom at a Philadelphia train station, and he must be protected. The assignment falls to a taciturn detective who goes undercover in a Pennsylvania Dutch community. On the farm, he slowly assimilates despite his urban grit and forges a romantic bond with the child's beautiful mother.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersCriminals
PlotSkirmishes, Justice
PlaceTexas, Small cities, Los Angeles
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Heavy, Tense, Serious

Following a series of drug deals and murders, three criminals -- Fantasia, Ray Malcolm and Pluto -- travel from Los Angeles to Houston, finally arriving in a small Arkansas town to go into hiding. Two detectives from the LAPD, who are already on the case, contact the town's sheriff, Dale Dixon, to alert him of the fugitives' presence in the area. Underestimating Dixon, the criminals have no idea what they are about to face.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersManiacs
PlotInvestigation, Obsession, Loneliness, Pursuit, Missing people
PlaceSmall cities, New York
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Heavy, Smart

A high-priced call girl is forced to depend on a reluctant private eye when she is stalked by a psychopath.

Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersHired assassins, Criminals, Sheriffs
PlotPassion, Money
PlaceTexas, Small cities
StyleTwisted plot, Atmospheric, Heavy, Smart, Serious

When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his getaway, things go wrong, and soon get worse when he runs into the real hitman, Lyle.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:03
PlotInvestigation, Missing people, Rivalry
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleAction, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Tense

Uncle John revolves around the struggle to keep a mysterious disappearance unsolved

Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:37
CharactersGangsters
PlotInvestigation, Pursuit, Mystery, Blackmail, Self-sacrifice
PlaceMexico, USA, California, Small cities
StyleRomantic, By books, Atmospheric, Smart, Gloomy

Jeff Bailey seems to be a mundane gas station owner in remote Bridgeport, CA. He is dating local girl Ann Miller and lives a quiet life. But Jeff has a secret past, and when a mysterious stranger arrives in town, Jeff is forced to return to the dark world he had tried to escape.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:16
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Punks, Friends
PlotOn real events, Obsession
PlaceNew York
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Smart

Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration01:48
CharactersKillers, Police, Family, Lawyers
PlotInvestigation, Obsession, Fear, Rivalry
PlaceCourt, USA
StyleTwisted plot, Fascinating, Smart, Tense, Intellectual

A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there are surprises for both around every corner, and, as a suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse is played out, each must manipulate and outwit the other.





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