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Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySweden, France
Duration04:41
CharactersSerial killers, Police, Shamans
PlotDancing, Investigation, Mystery, Conspiracies
PlaceFrance, Sweden, Small cities
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

Kahina Zadi, 32, a French police officer travels to Kiruna in Sweden to investigate the bestial murder of a French citizen. Together with Anders, a Swedish prosecutor of Sami origin, she begins an investigation. Soon new killings start to happen and the first victim turns out to be the tip of a very dark iceberg. The victims seemingly have nothing in common more than that they are all being killed in a well-planned and vicious manner. In their hunt for the truth, both Kahina and Anders are forced to deal with their own past that they have repressed. A personal journey through a painful past becomes the key to succeed in preventing the violent killings that affects the small mining community of Kiruna.

Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryHungary
CharactersSerial killers, Friends
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Death, Hunting, Cheating
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Tense, Depressive, Disturbing

In 1960s socialist Hungary, a serial killer targeting young women torments a small town and the determined detective on his trail. Based on true events.

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.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:37
CharactersSerial killers, Police, Criminals, Detectives
PlotInvestigation, Mystery
PlacePrison, Korea
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense

Hyeong-min, a prominent police detective, and Tae-oh, a killer who has confessed to multiple murders, maintain a fierce psychological confrontation.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:06
CharactersPartners
PlotOn real events, Investigation
PlaceKorea, Small cities
StyleAction, Serious, Disturbing

The film is based on a true yet unsolved murder case from the early 1990s that is known among Koreans as the "disappearance of the frog children." In 1991, five elementary school students told their parents that they were going to hang out on a nearby mountain to catch frogs, and then they go missing.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:42
CharactersDogs, Police, Criminals
PlotRevenge, Fight, Investigation, Death, Snow
PlaceMountains, Hospitals
TimeNight
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

After a traumatic event, a drug trafficker turns sides and conspires with a dangerously ambitious undercover police officer to bring down the mysterious kingpin of a major drug cartel. (Remake of the Chinese film “Drug War,” 2012.)

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:09
CharactersLawyers
PlotInvestigation
PlaceAsia
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Smart, Tense, Fancy

A mother lives quietly with her son. One day, a girl is brutally killed, and the boy is charged with the murder. Now, it's his mother's mission to prove him innocent.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersSerial killers, Hired assassins
PlotInvestigation
PlaceKorea
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive, Disturbing

Chief of the ‘Special Crime Unit’, OH Gu-tak, looks for the former gangster, PARK Woong-chul, whom he had worked with before, and recruits a con artist, KWAK No-soon, and a convicted cop, KO Yoo-sung in the new team. With new blood, the ‘Bad Guys’ have become stronger and tougher. As they dig deeper into the case, they sense that a much bigger crime organization is behind it all and they begin the hunt for bad guys…

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: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:22
CharactersDogs, Maniacs, Mafia, Serial killers, Gangsters
PlotOn real events, Revenge, Motorcycles, Chase, Funeral
PlaceHospitals, Korea
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Fascinating, Tense

In Cheonan, a serial murder case takes place, but the case becomes more and more of a mystery. Only Tae-suk, a cop, immediately senses that all the cases are by the same killer and starts investigation. One day, Dong-soo, a gang boss, got attacked by a suspicious man, and Tae-suk realizes that this man is the serial killer, K. Now, Dong-soo becomes the only witness and a survived victim from K.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:35
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Killers, Fathers
PlotFight, Death, Snow, Hatred, Confrontation
PlacePrison, Forest, Korea
StylePsychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Tense

A former serial killer Byung-su gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and when a series of murders occur near his town, he worries whether the killings are his doings. Then, he comes across Tae-ju and realizes that he’s the killer. He reports this to the police, only to learn that Tae-ju is one. Byung-su tries to find evidence against Tae-ju, only to raise the young killer’s interest on him and his dear daughter.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:35
CharactersZombie, Vampire, Robots, Serial killers, Scientists
PlotInvestigation, Supernatural, Chase
PlaceEngland, London
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Tense, Fancy, Serious

A serial killer, who drains his victims for blood is on the loose in London, the Police follow him to a house owned by an eccentric scientist.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountrySpain
Duration01:45
CharactersSerial killers, Partners
PlotInvestigation
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Tense, Serious

The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters - both detectives in the homicide division - to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences if they are to successfully hunt down a killer who for years has terrorized a community in the shadow of a general disregard for women rooted in a misogynistic past.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:10
CharactersDogs, Mafia, Police, Criminals
PlotInvestigation, Weapon, Cheating, Rivalry
PlaceKorea
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense

On the run from a dogged internal affairs agent, a corrupt cop reluctantly teams up with a defiant teen to unravel a conspiracy -- before it's too late.

Markimdb: 4.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersCriminals, Partners
PlotCars, Motorcycles, Weapon, Chase, Birthday
PlacePrison, Hotels, USA
StyleExciting, Action, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Heavy

Over the course of one feverish day, a harried narcotics detective and his reluctant partner frantically track down a recently released convict who knows a secret from the past.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Spain, South Korea
Duration02:32
CharactersFBI, Investigators
PlotLove, Abduction, Revenge, Investigation, Obsession
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Smart, Serious, Disturbing

A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, fantasy, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, New Zealand
Duration02:15
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Gangsters, Scammers
PlotDeath, Life after death
PlaceLondon
StyleAction, By books, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense

After being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family -- and her killer. As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration03:18
CharactersSerial killers, Family, Sisters
PlotDeath, Mystery, Mystery, Funeral
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense

A prominent Boston family attempts to redefine itself in the wake of a chilling discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades — amid the mounting suspicion that one of them may have been his accomplice.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersCIA, Journalists, Reporters
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Political, Conspiracies
StyleAction, Fascinating, Smart, Makes me think, Disturbing

A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.

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: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersMafia, Partners
PlotSkirmishes, Investigation, Friendship, Chase
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

One memorable night in the life of veteran patrol officer Ray Mandel and his trainee, ambitious rookie cop Nick Holland in the LAPD's Olympic Division. With two cop killers on the loose and hunting for more targets, Mandel and Holland must contend with a city about to boil over, as well as Jack VanZandt, an unhinged rogue cop out for payback running wild in their patrol zone.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:31
CharactersSerial killers, Scientists, Partners
PlotDancing, Investigation
PlaceEngland
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Smart, Tense

At the height of the London blitz, Dr Lennox Collins, pioneer of the new forensic science, is enlisted by DI Wilkins after prostitute Mary Williams is strangled and a swastika carved on her tongue.

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: 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: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:59
PlotInvestigation, Justice
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing

A kidnapper disappeared 15 years ago without a trace. Five days before the case's statute of limitations expires, someone anonymously leaves a flower at the crime scene. A few days later, another kidnapping takes place using the same method on a similar target.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:59
CharactersTeachers
PlotInvestigation, Friendship, Death, Mystery
PlaceKorea
StyleAction, By books, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

Based on the series by the popular Japanese novelist Keigo Higashino, this is a mystery drama that 'faithfully but freely' adapts the 3rd part in the series, . The story revolves around 3 characters: a woman who unwittingly killed her husband, a math genius next door who sets up a perfect alibi for her out of his attraction toward her, and a detective who closely traces her, finding the alibi suspicious.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryIndia
CharactersSerial killers
PlotOn real events, Investigation
StyleAction, Tense, Disturbing

In 1980s Bombay, a serial killer starts targeting homeless street dwellers, whilst a suspended police officer attempts to solve the case.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:51
CharactersSerial killers, Blind, Partners
PlotInvestigation, Friendship, Pursuit, Missing people, Lost memory
PlaceKorea
StyleAction, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

A blind witness and a runaway help the police find the suspect in a Hit and Run until the culprit realizes that they are close on his trail. The killer tracks her down and Soo-ah realizes that in order to save Gi-sub she would have to risk her life.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersYakuza
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Rivalry
PlaceKorea
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense

Busan, South Korea, 1970s. Lee Doo-sam is a small-time smuggler. After helping a drug gang to smuggle meth, he falls into the dark crime world. Quick-witted and full of ambition, he eventually takes over the drug underworld and starts to lead a double life: a good community leader during the day but an infamous drug lord during the night.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:38
CharactersManiacs, Teens, Serial killers, Writers, Journalists
PlotLove, War, On real events, Investigation, Mystery
PlaceSea
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Disturbing

The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.





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