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20 best movies like Prisoners (2013)

List of the best movies like Prisoners (2013): Uncle John, Secret in Their Eyes, Gone Girl, Mystic River, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Tall Man, Zodiac, Free Country, Nine Dead, Basic.

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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: 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: 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: 7.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Australia
Duration02:18
CharactersPolice
PlotAbduction, Revenge, Investigation, Weapon, Missing people
PlaceUSA
StyleInteresting, Psychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Depressive

A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.

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: 5.9
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryCanada, France
Duration01:46
CharactersNurses
PlotAbduction, Pursuit, Conspiracies, Mystery, Justice
PlaceSmall cities
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Tense

When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.

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.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryGermany
CharactersSerial killers, Journalists
PlotInvestigation
PlaceSmall cities
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

Former East Germany, 1992. Patrick Stein and Markus Bach, two very different police officers, are commissioned to investigate the disappearance of two female teenagers in a remote area of the country. Did they run away from home or did something more terrible happen to them?

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:26
CharactersHired assassins, Priests
PlotSurvival, Abduction, Death
PlaceBunker
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Heavy, Tense, Serious

Communication is the key to the survival for nine strangers who have been kidnapped by a masked gunman and told that one of them will die every ten minutes until they discover how they are all connected. Who of the nine lives and who dies?

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: 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: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Serial killers
PlotAbduction, Investigation, Chase, Fear
PlaceUSA
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Tense, Serious

Jordan Turner is an experienced 911 operator but when she makes an error in judgment and a call ends badly, Jordan is rattled and unsure if she can continue. But when teenager Casey Welson is abducted in the back of a man's car and calls 911, Jordan is the one called upon to use all of her experience, insights and quick thinking to help Casey escape, and not just to save her, but to make sure the man is brought to justice.

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: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
PlotInvestigation, Death, Pursuit, Mystery
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Heavy, Depressive

When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little experience with this type of case, but the family wants them for two reasons - they're not cops and they know the tough neighborhood in which they all live. As the case progresses, Kenzie and Gennaro face drug dealers, gangs and pedophiles. When they are about to solve the case, they are faced with a moral dilemma that tears them apart.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersTruckers
PlotInvestigation, Vacation, Chase, Cheating, Rivalry
PlaceDeserts, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, Action, Tense, Disturbing

When his SUV breaks down on a remote Southwestern road, Jeff Taylor lets his wife, Amy, hitch a ride with a trucker to get help. When she doesn't return, Jeff fixes his SUV and tracks down the trucker -- who tells the police he's never seen Amy. Johnathan Mostow's tense thriller then follows Jeff's desperate search for his wife, which eventually uncovers a small town's murderous secret.

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: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, western, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:21
CharactersHeroes
PlotInvestigation, Missing people
PlaceDeserts, Small cities
StyleAction, By books, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Depressive

One-armed war veteran John J. Macreedy steps off a train at the sleepy little town of Black Rock. Once there, he begins to unravel a web of lies, secrecy, and murder.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:21
CharactersSerial killers, Strong women, Single mothers, Nurses, Mothers
PlotOn real events, Abduction, Investigation, Mystery, Missing people
PlaceCourt, USA, Los Angeles
StylePsychological problems, Action, To cry, Fascinating, Heartbreaking

Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersTeachers, Psychiatrists, Detectives
PlotInvestigation, Obsession, Mystery
PlaceParallel worlds
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Twisted plot, Depressive, Serious

Walter Sparrow is an animal control officer that becomes obsessed with a mysterious book that seems to be based on his own life. As soon as he opens the book, he notices strange parallels between what he reads and what he's experienced. But now he's worried that a fictional murder might materialize.

Markimdb: 6
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:10
CharactersDemons, Strangers
PlotSurvival, Survival, UFO, Experiments, Abduction
PlaceSchool, Spaceships
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Action, Heavy, Tense

Could you trust a jury of your peers with your life? The contestants of a mysterious death game must make harrowing decisions as they strategize for survival in this psychological sci-fi thriller.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersSerial killers
PlotRevenge, Investigation, Obsession, Supernatural, Political
PlaceNew York
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Heavy, Depressive

A psychological thriller based on the concept of anamorphosis, a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective to create two competing images on a single canvas.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersMonsters
PlotApocalypse, Investigation, Mental disorders, Missing people
PlaceSmall cities
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Atmospheric, Tense, Gothic

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
PlotObsession
StyleAction, Heavy, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

When a 12-year-old boy goes missing, lead investigator Greg Harper struggles to balance the pressure of the investigation and troubles with his wife, Jackie. Facing a recent affair, great strain is put on the family that slowly gnaws away at Jackie's grip on reality. But after a malicious presence manifests itself in their home and puts their son, Connor, in mortal danger, the cold, hard truth about evil in the Harper household is finally uncovered.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, USA
PlotLoneliness, Depression
PlaceSweden, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, Action, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

This drama follows Inspector Kurt Wallander – a middle-aged everyman – as he struggles against a rising tide of violence in the apparently sleepy backwaters in and around Ystad in Skane, southern Sweden. Based on the international best-selling books by Henning Mankell.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrehorror, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:29
CharactersHackers, Cats, Architects
PlotLove, Dancing, Revenge, Cars, Relationship
PlaceParty, USA, Office, Night Clubs, Los Angeles
StylePsychological problems, Action, Serious, Disturbing

After a painful breakup, Leah seems to meet the perfect guy. But she soon discovers his violent side that disrupts her life.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:43
PlotRevenge, Rivalry
PlaceEngland, London
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Heavy, Gloomy, Serious

Will Graham, a former London crime boss who has left his former life to live as a recluse in the forest. Haunted by the blood of those he has murdered, Will wishes never to return. But when his brother commits suicide, following a sexual assault at the hands of a volatile car dealer, Will returns to London to discover the cause of his brother's death and administer justice to those responsible.

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: 6.4
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:58
CharactersSerial killers, Spy, Special agents
PlotRevenge, Missing people
PlaceTrains, Texas
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Twisted plot, Heavy

FBI agent Dennis Quaid tries to catch a serial killer who kidnapped his son.

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: 6.1
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.





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