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7 Shows Like Netflix's The Tourist

Check out these other crime dramas

Liam Mathews
Jamie Dornan, The Tourist

Jamie Dornan, The Tourist

Ian Routledge/Two Brothers Pictures

Two years after it debuted in Australia and on HBO Max, The Tourist is a hit on Netflix. And another season is imminent. If you're looking for more thriller shows to hold you over until Season 2 drops at the end of the month, you've come to the right place. We've rounded up a handful of shows that have something in common with The Tourist, whether it's shocking twists, an off-the-beaten path setting, or the show's stars, like Jamie Dornan. All of them will have you saying, "Wow, I did not see that coming!"     

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Wolf Creek

Lucy Fry and John Jarratt, Wolf Ceek

Lucy Fry and John Jarratt, Wolf Ceek

If for some reason The Tourist made you want to take a trip to the hot, dusty, crime-plagued Australian Outback, check out this tense slasher series. Eve (Lucy Fry) is on a camping trip with her family when they're attacked by a serial killer. She survives, and sets out on a mission of revenge against the man who took everything from her. (There's also a second season, but telling you what it's about would be a spoiler.) Nothing good happens to travelers in the Outback! The show is based on a notorious 2005 movie of the same name. The movie is better, but the series is still an unusually effective daylight horror-thriller.

The Missing / Baptiste                    

James Nesbitt and Frances O'Connor, The Missing

James Nesbitt and Frances O'Connor, The Missing


This British series hails from The Tourist creators Harry and Jack Williams, brothers who make TV thrillers together. The Missing and its spinoff Baptiste follow French detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Kary), who specializes in finding missing children. Both shows ran for two seasons and feature outstanding British character actors like David Morrissey, Tom Hollander, James Nesbitt, and Fiona Shaw. Like The Tourist, The Missing and Baptiste are twisty thrillers where no one is telling the truth, but don't expect the cheeky humor as they're more serious — but excellent — affairs.       


Jaimie Alexander, Blindspot

Jaimie Alexander, Blindspot

Barbara Nitke/NBC/Warner Brothers

If it's another amnesia thriller you're looking for, Blindspot is a very fun one. It starts when a woman (Jaimie Alexander) covered in tattoos from head to toe emerges naked from a duffel bag in Times Square with no memory of who she is but clear instructions to find an FBI agent named Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) inked on her skin. Together, they set out to find out who she is. Over the course of 100 episodes, it evolves into a global conspiracy thriller with an offbeat sense of humor and some of the most intense action you'll ever see in an NBC drama. It's the former quality that really makes it like The Tourist. Both shows often end scenes with an unexpected laugh.

The Fall

Gillian Anderson, The Fall

Gillian Anderson, The Fall

Steffan Hill/BBC

Jamie Dornan's performance as The Tourist's amnesiac main character is a big part of why the show works. Dornan's brand is charming with menace lurking just below the surface. He often plays men with secrets. Before he broke out big time with Fifty Shades of Grey, he starred in the acclaimed crime drama The Fall in his native Northern Ireland. He plays an apparent family man who is secretly a serial killer preying on women in Belfast. Gillian Anderson plays the cop pursuing him in this cat-and-mouse thriller. If you like British crime dramas — which as a BBC production, The Tourist technically is — The Fall is one of the best.


Jon Hamm, Fargo

Jon Hamm, Fargo

Michelle Faye/FX

Fargo the movie's tagline was "a lot can happen in the middle of nowhere." That's very true for The Tourist, and it's also true of Fargo the show. FX's anthology series is set in the Upper Midwest, a place as cold as the Outback is hot. Like The Tourist, it has unpredictable plotting and a sense of humor. And Danielle Macdonald's sunny, indefatigable cop Helen Chambers is a Fargo-type character. Going back to Frances McDormand in the movie, Fargo has relied on honest and hardworking female police officers to be the good guys in stories of corruption.


Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Timothy Olyphant, Justified


If it's another crime caper with smart-mouthed characters, charismatic crooks, and spurts of terrifying violence that you're looking for, Justified is the gold standard. The FX series ran from 2010 to 2015 (with a brief revisit in 2023's Justified: City Primeval) and feels more like The Tourist Season 1 with its dusty vibes and all the previously mentioned characteristics than the damp Irish setting of Season 2. Timothy Olyphant stars as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a silver-tongued lawman who patrols the hollers of rural Kentucky and has several run-ins with a variety of no-gooders. It's a classic for a reason — Season 2 is one of the best seasons of a crime drama ever. -Tim Surette

The Tourist is currently airing on Netflix.