Decent contemporary thrillers/mysteries with less than 10,000 votes

by flyingdoctor72 | created - 03 Jan 2016 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

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1. Deep in the Wood (2015)

92 min | Mystery, Thriller

Winter 2010. Dolomites. Tommaso Conci, a 4 year old child, disappears during a festival where people disguised as devils, the Krampus, terrorize the village with whips and chains. Five ... See full summary »

Director: Stefano Lodovichi | Stars: Filippo Nigro, Camilla Filippi, Giovanni Vettorazzo, Teo Achille Caprio

Votes: 880

2. A Grain of Truth (2015)

112 min | Crime, Thriller

A big shot prosecutor Teodor Szacki divorces his wife and leaves Warsaw to start a new life in picturesque town in south-east Poland - Sandomierz. After a short while he is called in to ... See full summary »

Director: Borys Lankosz | Stars: Robert Wieckiewicz, Jerzy Trela, Magdalena Walach, Aleksandra Hamkalo

Votes: 939

3. Secret Wars (2014)

115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After many controversies Poland's biggest military intelligence and counter-intelligence agency (commonly known as WSI) is liquidated, but its place is immediately taken by a new, secret ... See full summary »

Director: Patryk Vega | Stars: Kamilla Baar, Olga Boladz, Tomasz Budyta, Janusz Chabior

Votes: 1,285

4. Candlestick (2014)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A social gathering is rocked to its core when Jack accuses his best friend's wife of infidelity. But as the allegations start flying, it soon emerges that a far more sinister game may be at play.

Director: Christopher Presswell | Stars: Andrew Fitch, Isla Ure, Nigel Thomas, Tom Knight

Votes: 335

5. Jack Irish: Dead Point (2014 TV Movie)

83 min | Crime, Drama

When a high profile judge commissions Jack Irish to locate a mysterious red book, Jack is thrown into a world of sexy club owners, drug dealers and unhinged killers.

Director: Jeffrey Walker | Stars: Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing

Votes: 1,042

6. A Hard Day (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

76 Metascore

After trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, a crooked homicide detective is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event.

Director: Seong-hun Kim | Stars: Sun-kyun Lee, Jin-Woong Cho, Man-sik Jeong, Jeong-geun Sin

Votes: 8,276

7. Traffic Department (2012)

118 min | Crime, Drama

Comic and tragic scenes from the lives of police officers in the Warsaw Traffic Department.

Director: Wojciech Smarzowski | Stars: Bartlomiej Topa, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Julia Kijowska, Eryk Lubos

Votes: 3,123

8. The Broken Shore (2013 TV Movie)

103 min | Crime

An evocative crime thriller that captures the chilling action and sharp wit of Peter Temple's acclaimed novel The Broken Shore. In this gripping adaptation, Detective Joe Cashin uncovers a ... See full summary »

Director: Rowan Woods | Stars: Don Hany, Claudia Karvan, Anthony Hayes, Erik Thomson

Votes: 616

9. Aftermath (2012)

Unrated | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

62 Metascore

A Polish man who returns home after the death of his father unearths a secret about the now-deceased Jewish residents of his village.

Director: Wladyslaw Pasikowski | Stars: Maciej Stuhr, Ireneusz Czop, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Danuta Szaflarska

Votes: 3,080 | Gross: $0.00M

10. In the Shadow (2012)

106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In the former Czechoslovakia, 1950s, police captain Hakl investigates a jewelery robbery. An opened safe deposit leads to a known burglar. What seems an easy case soon starts to tangle. ... See full summary »

Director: David Ondrícek | Stars: Ivan Trojan, Sebastian Koch, Sona Norisová, Jirí Stepnicka

Votes: 1,511

11. Jack Irish: Black Tide (2012 TV Movie)

93 min | Crime, Drama

Jack Irish has no shortage of friends, but family members are few and far between. His wife was murdered by an ex-client and his father is a fading photo on the pubs football wall of fame. ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Walker | Stars: Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing

Votes: 1,323

12. Two Lives (2012)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

As the Berlin Wall crumbles, Katrine, the daughter of a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier, finds her idyllic life disrupted as she refuses to testify a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of her fellow "war children."

Directors: Georg Maas, Judith Kaufmann | Stars: Juliane Köhler, Liv Ullmann, Sven Nordin, Ken Duken

Votes: 2,728 | Gross: $0.00M

13. The Exam (2011)

R | 89 min | Drama, History, Thriller

1957, Budapest. A young defense officer's loyalty is tested by his mentor in a highly deceptive spy game.

Director: Péter Bergendy | Stars: Zsolt Nagy, János Kulka, Péter Scherer, András Balogh

Votes: 1,320

14. Children... (2011)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Thriller

The film is based on a true 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 ... See full summary »

Director: Kyu-maan Lee | Stars: Yong-woo Park, Seung-ryong Ryu, Dong-il Sung, Ji-ru Sung

Votes: 1,949

15. The Silence (2010)

Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.

Director: Baran bo Odar | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Claudia Michelsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Katrin Saß

Votes: 5,727 | Gross: $0.10M

16. The Dark House (2009)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The story takes place in two parallel time planes. The first plot follows the events of one autumn night in 1978. Edward Srodon, a zootechnician, makes an accidental stopover in a farmhouse... See full summary »

Director: Wojciech Smarzowski | Stars: Arkadiusz Jakubik, Marian Dziedziel, Kinga Preis, Bartlomiej Topa

Votes: 3,515

17. The Reverse (2009)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A story about women, set in the present and in 1950s Warsaw. The main character is Sabina, a quiet, shy woman who has just turned thirty. Clearly, she lacks a man in her life. Her mother ... See full summary »

Director: Borys Lankosz | Stars: Agata Buzek, Krystyna Janda, Anna Polony, Marcin Dorocinski

Votes: 1,750

18. Tony (I) (2009)

Unrated | 76 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A thriller centered on a serial killer in a rundown London suburb.

Director: Gerard Johnson | Stars: Peter Ferdinando, Greg Kam, Ricky Grover, Kerryann White

Votes: 3,035

19. The Last Deadly Mission (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A washed-up Marseilles cop (Auteuil) earns a chance at redemption by protecting a woman from the man who killed her parents as he is about to be released from prison.

Director: Olivier Marchal | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Olivia Bonamy, Catherine Marchal, Francis Renaud

Votes: 5,384

20. Counter Investigation (2007)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Thriller

A cop investigates whether the man convicted of murdering his daughter is really guilty.

Director: Franck Mancuso | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Laurent Lucas, Agnès Blanchot, Aurélien Recoing

Votes: 2,738

21. Room of Death (2007)

Not Rated | 115 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Two unemployed computer technicians discover 2 million euros next to a dead body in a field of windmills.

Director: Alfred Lot | Stars: Mélanie Laurent, Éric Caravaca, Gilles Lellouche, Jonathan Zaccaï

Votes: 1,565

22. The Night of the Sunflowers (2006)

123 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The discovery of a young woman's dead body in the middle of a sunflower field near a quiet village will lead to a tragic string of events, and a vicious cycle of violence, deception and greed. Who has the courage to get to the bottom of it?

Director: Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo | Stars: Carmelo Gómez, Judith Diakhate, Celso Bugallo, Manuel Morón

Votes: 2,485

23. Antibodies (2005)

Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

57 Metascore

Wanted for a long time, serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police raid. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him and finds out more then he is looking for.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Norman Reedus, Christian von Aster, André Hennicke, Waltraud Witte

Votes: 6,931

24. The State Counsellor (2005)

191 min | Drama, Crime

Third film based on Boris Akunin's "Priklucheniya Erasta Petrovicha Fandorina" series of novels. On a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow general Khrapov was killed and no one else but ... See full summary »

Director: Filipp Yankovskiy | Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Mashkov

Votes: 2,617

25. King's Game (2004)

Not Rated | 107 min | Thriller

Three weeks before general elections, the leader of one of the country's largest parties, the Center Party, is involved in a severe car accident. The political scene is thrown into disarray... See full summary »

Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Søren Pilmark, Nastja Arcel, Nicolas Bro

Votes: 4,023

26. In My Father's Den (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A disillusioned war journalist's return home is blighted when he becomes implicated in the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl he has befriended.

Director: Brad McGann | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Miranda Otto, Emily Barclay, Colin Moy

Votes: 6,944

27. Swindled (2004)

110 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

In a flashback, Ernesto, a young con man, tells us how he got to the edge of a big score: childhood in an orphanage, youthful smash-and-grab burglaries until his partner is caught, then ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Bardem | Stars: Ernesto Alterio, Victoria Abril, Federico Luppi, Manuel Alexandre

Votes: 920

28. Wolf (2004)

R | 125 min | Thriller

Based on a true story. In the 70's, during the last stages of Franco's dictatorship, Txema, a basque construction worker, is arrested because of his connection to some terrorists who have ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Courtois | Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Jose Coronado, Mélanie Doutey, Silvia Abascal

Votes: 3,240

29. Dinner Rush (2000)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

Is it just another evening at the hugely popular Italian restaurant of proprietor and bookmaker Louis Cropa in New York? Anything but as tonight's guests include; a local police detective ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Giraldi | Stars: Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, John Rothman, Frank Bongiorno

Votes: 4,652 | Gross: $0.11M

30. Konwój (2017)

92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A murder of a convict held in custody seems to be connected with dark and mysterious events from two years back.

Director: Maciej Zak | Stars: Janusz Gajos, Robert Wieckiewicz, Przemyslaw Bluszcz, Lukasz Simlat

Votes: 488

31. May God Save Us (2016)

TV-MA | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Inspectors Velarde and Alfaro must find what appears to be a serial killer. This hunt against the clock will make them realize something they'd never thought about: neither one of them is that different from the killer.

Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Roberto Álamo, Javier Pereira, Luis Zahera

Votes: 7,000

32. The Closed Circuit (2013)

120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The story of three successful businessmen who are accused of being members of organized crime and money laundering by corrupt government officials.

Director: Ryszard Bugajski | Stars: Janusz Gajos, Kazimierz Kaczor, Wojciech Zoladkowicz, Robert Olech

Votes: 1,169

33. 7 Boxes (2012)

TV-14 | 105 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Víctor receives an unusual proposal, to carry 7 boxes of unknown content through the Market Number 4 but things get complicated along the way.

Directors: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori | Stars: Celso Franco, Víctor Sosa, Lali Gonzalez, Nico García

Votes: 4,695

34. Arizona (2018)

TV-MA | 85 min | Comedy, Thriller

41 Metascore

Set in the midst of the 2009 housing crisis, this darkly comedic story follows Cassie Fowler, a single mom and struggling realtor whose life goes off the rails when she witnesses a murder.

Director: Jonathan Watson | Stars: Danny McBride, Rosemarie DeWitt, Lolli Sorenson, Luke Wilson

Votes: 4,219



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