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20 best movies like Michael Clayton (2007)

List of the best movies like Michael Clayton (2007): Just Cause, Destroyer, A Most Violent Year, Alex Cross, Righteous Kill, Wonderland, The Caveman's Valentine, Basic, Double Jeopardy, The Bone Collector.

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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: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersTeens, Strong women, Lawyers, Partners
PlotLove, Robbery, Bank robbery, Fight, Money
PlaceParty
StyleUnexpected ending, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing, Womens in main roles

Erin Bell is an LAPD detective who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

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: 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
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: 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: 5.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, music
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:43
PlotInvestigation, Mental disorders, Mystery
PlaceNew York
TimeDark ones
StyleAtmospheric, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

In this spine-tingling and visually stunning thriller, Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Unbreakable, Shaft, Pulp Fiction delivers a "full-throttle performance" (People) as Romulus Ledbetter, a misunderstood musician turned recluse, hiding from personal demons in a New York City cave. When Romulus finds the frozen body of a young drifter in a tree, the authorities - including his police officer daughter (Aunjanne Ellis) - claim the death is accidental. Romulus is convinced the man was murdered by prominent art photographer David Leppenraub (Colm Feore). But how can he prove he's right when everyone thinks he's insane?

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration01:38
CharactersSpecial Forces, Military
PlotRevenge, Death, Missing people, Rivalry
PlaceJungle, Helicopters
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Twisted plot, Heavy, Serious

A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Germany, Canada
Duration01:45
CharactersHeroes
PlotRevenge, False accusations
PlacePrison, Women's Prison
StyleExciting, Action, Twisted plot, Heavy, Tense

A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:58
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Police
PlotInvestigation, Death
PlaceUSA
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Twisted plot, Heavy, Tense

Rookie cop, Amelia Donaghy reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme – formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed as a result of a spinal injury – to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed 'The Bone Collector'. The murderer's special signature is to leave tantalizing clues based on the grim remains of his crimes.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryJapan, USA
Duration01:47
CharactersLawyers
PlotRevenge, Obsession, Friendship, Death, Pursuit
PlaceLos Angeles
StylePsychological problems, Action, Heavy, Tense, Serious

After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and unofficial patrol, and spends a lot of time discussing the couple's problems with the wife. The husband begins wondering if they're getting too much help.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySpain, USA
Duration01:39
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Psychics, Maids
PlotFriendship, Mystery, Female friendship
PlacePrison, Mansions, USA, Office, New York
StylePsychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Tense, Serious

A man with the ability to enter peoples' memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:13
CharactersFriends
PlotRevenge, Death, Pursuit, Cheating, Power
PlaceHospitals, USA, Night Clubs
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

Lila, a grief-stricken mother reeling from her son’s murder, attends a support group where she meets Eve, who urges her to take matters into her own hands to track down her son’s killers.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:28
CharactersGangsters
PlotRevenge, Death, Rivalry
PlaceGhetto
StyleAction, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

A drug kingpin's return home touches off a turf war.

Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
PlotInvestigation, Mystery, Justice, Pads, False accusations
PlaceIslands
StyleAction, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

Police chief Xavier Quinn investigates the gruesome murder of Donald Pater, one of the wealthiest residents on a Caribbean island. He was found decapitated in his Jacuzzi. Although the local political establishment, especially crooked Governor Chalk, insists that small-time thief Maubee is responsible, Xavier has his doubts. This view is complicated by the police chief's personal history with Maubee: The men have been friends since childhood.

Markimdb: 6
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersSerial killers
PlotRevenge, Investigation, Split personality, Experiments, Mystery
PlaceLaboratory
StylePsychological problems, Action, Heavy, Tense, Serious

Ray Liotta stars as a medical examiner who has been acquitted for his wife's murder but many still question his innocence. Obsessed with finding his wife's killer, a possible solution presents itself in an experimental serum designed by a neurobiology Linda Fiorentino which has the ability to transfer memories from one person to another, but not without consequences. Liotta driven to solve the case injects himself with the serum, bringing him closer and closer to finding her killer but bringing him closer to death.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersSerial killers, Hired assassins, Heroes, Judge
PlotRevenge, Conspiracies, Justice, Sects, Uprising
StyleExciting, Heavy, Tense, Depressive, Serious

As violence escalates in Los Angeles and heinous murders are committed, Steven Hardin, a young judge of the California Supreme Court, must struggle with his tortured conscience and growing despair as he watches helplessly as the ruthless criminals brought before his court go free because clever lawyers find obscure loopholes in the law.

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: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:51
PlotDivorce, Cheating, Debts, Blackmail
PlaceOffice, New York
StyleAction, Heavy, Smart, Tense, Depressive

When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:04
CharactersJournalists, Losers, Lovers, Partners
PlotPursuit, Mystery
PlaceJapan, Party, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Twisted plot, Tense, Gloomy, Serious

When a prostitute is found dead in a Los Angeles skyscraper occupied by a large Japanese corporation, detectives John Conner and Web Smith are called in to investigate. Although Conner has previous experience working in Japan, cultural differences make their progress difficult until a security disc showing the murder turns up. Close scrutiny proves the disc has been doctored, and the detectives realize they're dealing with a cover-up as well.

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: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:34
CharactersMafia, FBI, Lawyers
PlotSeduction, Fate, Uprising, Blackmail
StyleAction, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan...

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
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersJews, Lawyers
PlotRevenge, Investigation, Death, Political, Mystery
PlacePrison, Court, USA
StyleHeavy, Tense, Gloomy, Makes me think, Serious

Idealistic young attorney Adam Hall takes on the death row clemency case of his racist grandfather, Sam Cayhall, a former Ku Klux Klan member he has never met.

Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:39
CharactersCIA
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Fight, Rivalry
PlaceVietnam, Japan
StyleExciting, Heavy, Tense, Serious, For men

Nico Toscani is an Italian immigrant, American patriot, ex-CIA agent, aikido specialist and unorthodox Chicago policeman. He is as committed to his job as he is to his personalized brand of justice—expert and thorough bone-crushing.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Spain, United Kingdom, France
Duration02:24
CharactersGangsters, Spy, Hired assassins, Killers, Doctors
PlotLove, Martial Arts, Skirmishes, Revenge, Death
PlaceVillage, Africa
StyleExciting, By books, Heavy, Tense, Serious

Eight years after fleeing the Congo following his assassination of that country's minister of mining, former assassin Jim Terrier is back, suffering from PTSD and digging wells to atone for his violent past. After an attempt is made on his life, Terrier flies to London to find out who wants him dead -- and why. Terrier's search leads him to a reunion with Annie, a woman he once loved, who is now married to an oily businessman with dealings in Africa.

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: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Canada
Duration01:48
CharactersHired assassins
PlotRobbery, Revenge, Mystery, False accusations, Rivalry
PlaceNight Clubs
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Heavy, Disturbing

Callum Crane, a lawyer and would-be federal judge, jeopardizes his chances at a judgeship by forcing himself on his secretary. He then worsens the situation by trying to have the woman murdered. Further complicating matters, he assigns the task to a young man who, unbeknownst to Crane, is actually his son, Nathan. Nathan refuses to do the deed, but not before informing several people, one of whom tries to take on the job.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:58
CharactersTerminally ill
PlotInvestigation, Fate, Pads
PlaceHospitals, New York
StyleAction, Tense, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

Guy Luthan, a British doctor working at a hospital in New York, starts making unwelcome enquiries when the body of a man who died in his emergency room disappears. After the trail leads Luthan to the door of an eminent surgeon at the hospital, Luthan soon finds himself in extreme danger people who want the hospital's secret to remain undiscovered.

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.





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