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20 best movies like Cruising (1980)

List of the best movies like Cruising (1980): The Girl on the Train, Alex Cross, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Child 44, The General's Daughter, Righteous Kill, Michael Clayton, Citizen X, Wonderland, Deceived.

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Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:21
CharactersAlcoholics, Lovers, Psychiatrists
PlotLove, Time travel, Investigation, Obsession, Mental disorders
PlaceTrains, New York
StylePsychological problems, Twisted plot, Heavy, Tense, Serious

Rachel Watson, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, France
Duration01:41
CharactersSerial killers, Partners
PlotRevenge, Passion, Investigation, Pursuit, Chase
StyleExciting, Twisted plot, Heavy, Tense, Serious

After Washington DC detective Alex Cross is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers that she was not his first victim and that things are not what they seem.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Sweden, Norway
Duration02:33
CharactersHackers, Serial killers, Strong women, Journalists, Partners
PlotInvestigation, Mystery, Missing people
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Heavy, Smart, Explicit scenes

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, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander. As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryCzech Republic, United Kingdom, USA, Russia
Duration02:21
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Police, Military, Pregnant
PlotThe escape, Relationship, Investigation, Political, Justice
PlaceSchool, Trains, Russia, Forest, USSR
StyleAction, By books, Tense, Creepy, Serious

Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, military
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration01:56
CharactersMilitary, Investigators, Partners
PlotInvestigation, Political, Conspiracies, Uprising
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

When the body of Army Capt. Elizabeth Campbell is found on a Georgia military base, two investigators, Warrant Officers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill, are ordered to solve her murder. What they uncover is anything but clear-cut. Unseemly details emerge about Campbell's life, leading to allegations of a possible military coverup of her death and the involvement of her father, Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell.

Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersSerial killers, Partners
PlotJustice
PlaceNew York
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Twisted plot, Heavy, Tense

Two veteran New York City detectives work to identify the possible connection between a recent murder and a case they believe they solved years ago; is there a serial killer on the loose, and did they perhaps put the wrong person behind bars?

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:59
CharactersHorses, Serial killers, Lawyers
PlotRevenge, Death, Divorce, Debts
PlaceNew York
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

A law firm brings in its 'fixer' to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, history
CountryUSA, Hungary
Duration01:43
CharactersMonsters, Serial killers, Psychiatrists
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Political
PlaceRussia, USSR
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense, Depressive

Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer who, over many years, claimed victim to over 50 people. His victims were mostly under the age of 17. In what was then a communists state, the police investigations were hampered by bureaucracy, incompetence and those in power. The story is told from the viewpoint of the detective in charge of the case.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryCanada, USA
Duration01:44
PlotRevenge, Investigation
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleAction, Heavy, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

On the afternoon of July 1, 1981, Los Angeles police responded to a distress call on Wonderland Avenue and discovered a grisly quadruple homicide. The police investigation that followed uncovered two versions of the events leading up to the brutal murders - both involving legendary porn actor John Holmes. You're about to experience both versions.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersSerial killers
PlotInvestigation, Chase, Intrigue
PlaceNew York
StyleAction, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

A marriage that seemed perfect comes crashing down after the supposed death of Jack Saunders, husband of Adrienne Saunders. After his supposed death, strange developments begin to be discovered by Adrienne regarding Jack's past. Developments that lead her to believe she has been Deceived.

Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersMafia, Heroes, Partners
PlotRevenge, Investigation, Pursuit, Chase, Pads
StyleHeavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

A tough police detective escapes from custody after being framed and arrested for the murder of his ex-wife, and must now find the real killer and prove his innocence.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:51
CharactersSerial killers
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Obsession, Split personality, Mental disorders
StylePsychological problems, Action, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It is seen almost exclusively from the point of view of the investigators who have very few clues to build a case upon.

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: 6.1
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Canada
PlotInvestigation, Death, Supernatural, Weapon, Voodoo
PlaceNew York
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Heavy, Creepy

Mourning the accidental death of his wife and having just moved to New York with his young son, laconic police psychologist Cal Jamison is reluctantly drawn into a series of grisly, ritualistic murders involving the immolation of two youths.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryCanada, USA
Duration01:48
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Scientists, FBI
PlotInvestigation, Religious, Life after death, Mystery, Rivalry
PlaceChicago
StyleAction, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

A seasoned police detective and his partner have just uncovered a string of unusual murders that lead them to a serial killer, who believes that he is the descendant of Judas.

Markimdb: 5.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:01
CharactersMafia
PlotInvestigation, Political, Mystery
PlacePrison, USA, New York
StyleAtmospheric, Tense, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Based on true events, The Wannabe, a story about Thomas, a man obsessed with Mafia culture during the 1990s in New York City. When Thomas’s failed attempts to fix the trial of infamous mobster John Gotti gets him rejected by the people he idolizes most, he sets off on a drug infused crime spree with his girlfriend and longtime mob groupie, Rose, by brazenly robbing the local Mafia hangouts.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersLawyers, Accountant
PlotRobbery, Passion, Intrigue, Cheating, Pads
PlaceHotels, New York
StyleTwisted plot, Atmospheric, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

As a corporate auditor who works in a number of different offices, Jonathan McQuarry wanders without an anchor among New York's power brokers. A chance meeting with charismatic lawyer Wyatt Bose leads to Jonathan's introduction to The List, an underground sex club. Jonathan begins an affair with a woman known only as S, who introduces Jonathan to a world of treachery and murder.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:10
CharactersPolice, Family, Detectives
PlotInvestigation, Conspiracies
PlaceNew York
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Gloomy, Depressive

A saga centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney, investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:47
CharactersPresidential
PlotInvestigation, Hostage, Political, Conspiracies
PlaceThe White House, Asia, Korea
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

A secretary is found dead in a White House bathroom during an international crisis, and Detective Harlan Regis is in charge of the investigation. Despite resistance from the Secret Service, Regis partners with agent Nina Chance. As political tensions rise, they learn that the crime could be part of an elaborate cover-up. Framed as traitors, the pair, plus Regis' partner, break into the White House in order to expose the true culprit.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Germany, Canada
CharactersSerial killers, Special agents, FBI
PlotInvestigation, Obsession
StyleUnexpected ending, Twisted plot, Heavy, Smart, Serious

An FBI agent tracks a serial killer with the help of three of his would-be victims - all of whom have wildly different stories to tell.

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Arab Emirates
Duration02:05
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Lawyers, Criminals, Businessmen
PlotRevenge, Investigation, Success, Oil, Pads
PlaceWild West, USA, New York
Time19th century, Dark ones, Winter
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Heavy, Tense, Depressive

A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryCanada
Duration00:30
CharactersTeens, Serial killers, Family, Artists
PlotSurvival, Fight, Investigation, Friendship, Pursuit
PlacePrison, Village, Forest, USA, Small cities
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Serious, For men

Thirty years ago, in the sleepy community of Waterbury, a killer known as “The Executioner” murdered Sarah Bennett's parents. Now Sarah and her husband Dylan have returned to town, only to find herself the centerpiece in a series of horrifying murders centered around the seven deadly sins.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersSerial killers
PlotInvestigation
PlacePrison
StylePsychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Heavy, Serious

Bobby Earl is facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl. Eight years after the crime he calls in Paul Armstrong, a professor of law, to help prove his innocence. Armstrong quickly uncovers some overlooked evidence to present to the local police, but they aren't interested - Bobby was their killer.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryArgentina
Duration01:30
CharactersHorses, Gay, Mafia, Police, Friends
PlotDeath, Mystery
PlaceNight Clubs
StyleExciting, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

Buenos Aires in the 1980s. Detective Chavez, a family man and a tough cop, once again must solve a mysterious crime. To reveal the identity of the murderer, Chavez must clarify the enigma waiting in ambush to capture his own heart. Passion surprises even the most astute detective. What will triumph: law or desire?

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:37
CharactersSerial killers, Special agents, FBI, Psychiatrists
PlotObsession, Chase, Rivalry
PlaceChicago, Los Angeles
StyleHeavy, Tense, Serious, For men, Disturbing

FBI agent Joel Campbell, burnt-out and shell-shocked after years spent chasing serial killers, flees L.A. to begin a new life for himself in Chicago. But five months later, Joel's best laid plans are abruptly cut short when his new hometown becomes the setting for some particularly gruesome murders--murders that could only have been committed by one man: David Allen Griffin. One of Joel's most elusive and cunning nemeses, Griffin has followed his former pursuer to Chicago in order to play a sadistic game of cat and mouse. Taunting Joel with photographs of his intended victims and leaving his crime scenes meticulously free of clues in order to keep the police at bay, Griffin derives as much pleasure out of watching Joel react to every movement as watching his victims die. But when Griffin moves into Joel's inner circle, Joel must quickly find some way to stop him before someone close to him becomes the next one to die.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, France
Duration02:31
CharactersSerial killers, Family, Sisters, Mothers
PlotInvestigation, Death, Mystery, Mystery, Justice
PlacePrison
StyleAction, By books, Serious, Disturbing

A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryBelgium
Duration01:38
CharactersSerial killers
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

Witse returns to his hometown to find his niece's murderer. It doesn't take long before Witse gets in trouble with local police authorities. While conducting his investigation, old family issues are starting to surface.

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: 7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersGangsters, Hired assassins
PlotRobbery
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Heavy, Smart, Depressive

A hit man and his partner try to find out why their latest victim, a former race-car driver, did not try to get away.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersMafia, Serial killers, Alcoholics
PlotInvestigation, Hostage, Mystery
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleExciting, Action, By books, Atmospheric, Heavy

Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.





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