Movies like The 'Burbs

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The 'Burbs
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When secretive new neighbors move in next door, suburbanite Ray Peterson and his friends let their paranoia get the best of them as they start to suspect the newcomers of evildoings and commence an investigation. But it's hardly how Ray, who much prefers drinking beer, reading his newspaper and watching a ball game on the tube expected to spend his vacation.
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, witty, macabre, funny, satirical, absurd, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: paranoia, obsession, suburbs, suburban life, insanity, nothing goes right, disorder, eccentricity, neighborhood, goofy hero, soldier, domestic disturbance, old dark house, new neighbor, serial killer, garbage, chainsaw, psychopath, vacation, neighbor, investigation, doctors, catastrophe, storytelling, art ...
Time: 80s
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A Shot in the Dark
Comedy, Mystery
UK, USA
102 min.
 7.6
Clue
Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
USA
94 min.
 7.3
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Most similar movies to The 'Burbs

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, melancholic, clever and realistic films with plots about dialogue, mentor, catastrophe, adaptation, storytelling, crimes and runaway mostly in Comedy, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The 'Burbs: The People Under the Stairs (1991), Family Plot (1976), The Ladykillers (2004), Foul Play (1978), Throw Momma from the Train (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The People Under the Stairs
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When young Poindexter "Fool" Williams breaks into the creepy, immense old home of his family's greedy and uncaring landlords, he uncovers a disturbing scenario underneath the stairs.
Style: scary, semi serious, humorous, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, cannibalism, sexual abuse, child abuse, dog, insanity, mental illness, blood, kidnapping, violence, parents and children, splatter ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   93%
 
 6.8
 18K
Family Plot
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Lighthearted suspense film about a phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend who encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California.
Style: suspenseful, clever, talky, psychological, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, greed, murder, mystery, crime, cons and scams, con artists, murder mystery, secrets, runaway, pornography ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   84%
    User:   99%
 
The Ladykillers
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord – a sharp old woman.
Style: dark humor, clever, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: heist, crime, crime gone awry, unlikely criminals, casino, robbery, dialogue, cons and scams, money, foul language, ship, island ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   80%
    User:   67%
 
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 6.8
 12K
Foul Play
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.
Style: suspenseful, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, conspiracy, murder, car chase, assassin, chase, rock, assassination, woman in danger, police, espionage, murder mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   76%
    User:   68%
 
Throw Momma from the Train
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Larry Donner is a author and writing professor who tutors people who want to write books. Larry's life has become a misery when his Ex-wife has published a book he wrote under her name and has gotten rich over it. Owen Lift, one of Larry's ...
Style: humorous, clever, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Plot: murder, train, writing, obsession, unlikely criminals, crime, writer's life, parenthood, teacher, writers, cons and scams, murder mystery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
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System:   75%
    User:   84%
 
 7.3
 66K
Clue
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Clue finds six colorful dinner guests gathered at the mansion of their host, Mr. Boddy -- who turns up dead after his secret is exposed: He was blackmailing all of them. With the killer among them, the guests and Boddy's chatty butler must suss ...
Style: humorous, witty, not serious, surprise ending, twists and turns ...
Plot: mystery, murder, investigation, parody, amateur detective, murder mystery, eccentricity, screwball, death, secrets, crime, board game ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1954
Place: new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   62%
 
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby ...
Style: humorous, witty, stylized, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, parody, investigation, murder, deadpan, neo noir, noir, mystery, dialogue, storytelling, murder mystery, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   70%
 
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The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Betty Lou is a librarian in a very small town. Her husband is a police detective who takes her for granted. Betty Lou is the ultimate mouse. After a gangland figure is mysteriously murdered in town, Betty Lou finds the murder weapon, but can't ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, light, sexy ...
Plot: murder, small town, crime, police investigation, amateur detective, witnessing a crime, mafia, investigation, mystery, manipulations, switching roles, librarian ...
Time: 90s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   84%
 
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for ...
Style: scary, humorous, suspenseful, dark humor, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, slasher, gory, murder, small town, halloween, witch, splatter, gore, insanity, mentor, parody ...
Time: contemporary
Place: portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   57%
 
Head Above Water
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Judge George (Harvey Keitel) brings his young wife, Nathalie (Cameron Diaz), to a remote island for a vacation. But while George accompanies their only neighbor -- Nathalie's childhood friend Lance (Craig Sheffer) -- on a fishing trip, Nathalie ...
Style: suspenseful, humorous, semi serious, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: murder, infidelity, farce, crimes, death, danger, plot twist, mystery, dialogue, deadly, paranoia, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   54%
 
 5.6
 7K
Neighbors
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: One man's quiet suburban life takes a sickening lurch for the worse when a young couple move into the deserted house next door. From the word go it is obvious these are not the quiet professional types who *should* be living in such a nice ...
Style: humorous, dark humor, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nudity (topless - notable), farce, school, couple relations, friendship, suburbs, parents and children, eccentric family, life & death, nothing goes right, drinking, insanity ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   67%
 
Cops and Robbersons
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Hard-as-nails cop Jake Stone moves in with the Robbersons so he can watch a hitman who has moved in next door. The Hitman is one thing, but can you survive the Robberson family.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, satirical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: chase, police investigation, vampire, gangsters, suburbs, master criminal, family, surveillance, odd couple, parents and children, dysfunctional family, eccentric family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   51%
 
 5.6
 12K
Drowning Mona
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The recently deceased Mona Dearly (Bette Midler) was many things: an abusive wife, a domineering mother, a loud-mouthed neighbor and a violent malcontent. So when her car and corpse are discovered in the Hudson River, police Chief Wyatt Rash (Danny ...
Style: dark humor, clever, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, murder, death, investigation, crime, suburbs, eccentric family, mystery, sexualized violence, suspicion, suspect ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   52%
 
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 24K
Serial Mom
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A picture perfect middle class family is shocked when they find out that one of their neighbors is receiving obscene phone calls. The mom takes slights against her family very personally, and it turns out she is indeed the one harassing the ...
Style: dark humor, witty, semi serious, humorous, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, dysfunctional family, insanity, housewife, parody, revenge, violence, camp, police investigation, courtroom ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   72%
 
 6.3
 44K
The Money Pit
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After being evicted from their Manhattan apartment, a couple buys what looks like the home of their dreams – only to find themselves saddled with a bank-account-draining nightmare. Struggling to keep their relationship together as their rambling ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, funny, realistic, light ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, marriage, farce, crumbling marriage, couple relations, love triangle, screwball, family, house, family in crisis, nothing goes right, destiny ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   57%
 
 6.7
 3K
Cherish
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a martini-induced rampage, a fantasy-prone young woman is placed under house arrest.
Style: witty, offbeat, semi serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: opposites attract, obsession, relationships, false accusation, loneliness, insanity, romance, isolation, gay, psychology, love, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   64%
 
The Private Eyes
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Don Knotts and Tim Conway star in The Private Eyes, a 1980 comedy about two bumbling detectives solving a murder. It's an impressively incompetent affair. Every ancient joke falls with a muffled thud as Knotts and Conway ham their way through ...
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, suspenseful, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: police investigation, mystery, murder, parody, investigation, supernatural, chase, kids and family, amateur detective, goofy hero, misfit partners, death ...
Time: 80s
Place: scotland, england, europe, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   50%
 
With a Friend Like Harry...
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident, Harry inserts himself in Michel's life... and things take a sinister turn.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, dark humor, clever, suspense ...
Plot: obsession, murder, serial killer, hotel, psychology, twists & turns, crimes, paranoia, secrets, guilt, manipulation, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   63%
 
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 6.0
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Motel Hell
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Farmer Vincent kidnaps unsuspecting travellers and is burying them in his garden. Unfortunately for his victims, they are not dead. He feeds his victims to prepare them for his roadside stand. His motto is: It takes all kinds of critters...to make ...
Style: scary, humorous, dark humor, offbeat, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, gory, gore, cannibalism, cult, murder, violence, serial killer, hotel, splatter, monster, psychopath ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   49%
 
A Shot in the Dark
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Shot in the Dark is the second and more successful film from the Pink Panther film series where both animated and real life sequences are mixed. A cult classic from Blake Edwards based on the play L’Idiot by Marcel Achard and Harry Kurnitz.
Style: humorous, witty, not serious, dark, realistic ...
Plot: farce, investigation, murder, crime, mystery, goofy hero, murder mystery, police investigation, insanity, screwball, dialogue, chase ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   54%
 
The Late Show
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Over-the-hill gumshoe in Los Angeles seeks to avenge the killing of an old pal, another detective who had gotten himself involved in a case concerning a murdered broad, stolen stamps, a nickel-plated handgun, a cheating dolly, and a kidnapped ...
Style: clever, semi serious, twists and turns, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, murder, odd couple, crime, loneliness, murder mystery, art, noir, relationships, adultery, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   54%
 
 6.2
 5K
Parents
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Michael is a young boy living in a typical 1950's suburbanite home... except for his bizarre and horrific nightmares, and continued unease around his parents. Young Michael begins to suspect his parents are cooking more than just hamburgers on ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, disturbing, offbeat ...
Plot: cannibalism, school, self discovery, blood, parents and children, suburbs, dark fantasy, dysfunctional family, cannibal, eccentric family, workplace, parenthood ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   55%
 
Office Killer
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When Dorine Douglas' job as proofreader for Constant Consumer magazine is turned into an at-home position during a downsizing, she doesn't know how to cope. But after accidentally killing one of her co-workers, she discovers that murder ...
Style: psychological, humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: workplace, gory, office, slasher, vengeance, murder, loneliness, obnoxious boss, protagonist as suspect, pornography, serial killer, crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   58%
 
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 5.7
 26K
Club Dread
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When a serial killer interrupts the fun at the swanky Coconut Pete's Coconut Beach Resort -- a hedonistic island paradise for swingers --- it's up to the club's staff to stop the violence ... or at least hide it!
Style: humorous, scary, sexy, not serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: island, slasher, parody, farce, gory, serial killer, drugs/alcohol, resort, nudity (topless - notable), blood, splatter, marijuana ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: costa rica
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   62%
 
Under the Rainbow
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In World War II era Los Angeles, the manager of the Culver Hotel leaves his nephew in charge for a weekend. The nephew changes the name to the Hotel Rainbow and overbooks with royalty, assassins, secret agents, Japanese tourists, and munchkins (from ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, feel good, offbeat ...
Plot: farce, hotel, espionage, assassination, chase, spy, secret service, mistaken identity, assassin, nothing goes right, dog, nazi ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   42%
 
 5.1
 5K
Dr. Giggles
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In 1957, Evan Rendell flees after his father is lynched for killing multiple patients in his effort to find a replacement heart for his ailing wife. After 35 years, Evan escapes from a mental institution and returns to town for revenge, killing off ...
Style: scary, serious, rough, suspenseful, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, gory, small town, vengeance, murder, gore, blood, violence, brutality, serial killer, hospital, revenge ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   41%
 
 5.5
 8K
Volunteers
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Lawrence is a rich kid with a bad accent and a large debt. After his father refuses to help him out, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by jumping on a Peace Corp flight to Southeast Asia, where he is assigned to build a bridge for the local ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: jungle, chase, brainwashing, adventure, gambling, culture clash, village, gangsters, on the road, nothing goes right, fish out of water, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, 1960s
Place: asia, thailand, yale university, new york, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   55%
 
They Might Be Giants
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: They Might be Giants chronicles the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in modern-day New York City. The fact that Sherlock Holmes is a psychotic paranoid and Dr. Watson is a female psychiatrist fascinated by his case is almost beside the ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, enigmatic, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: mental illness, amateur detective, adventure, doctors and patients, eccentricity, mystery, fantasy world, loneliness, existentialism, greed, dialogue, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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System:   50%
    User:   40%
 

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Goodbye Lover
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Police investigate when a man having an affair with his brother's wife disappears suddenly.
Style: dark humor, humorous, sexy, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: murder, betrayal, mystery, neo-noir, corruption, obsession, investigation, infidelity, femme fatale, neo noir, twists & turns, manipulations ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, austria, salt lake city utah
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System:   49%
    User:   49%
 
 6.1
 55K
Turner & Hooch
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Scott Turner has 3 days left in the local police department before he moves to a bigger city to get some "real" cases, not just misdemeanors. Then Amos Reed is murdered, and Scott Turner sets himself on the case. The closest thing to a ...
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, light, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: police investigation, dog, dog movie, crime, partners, misfit partners, pets, murder, odd couple, murder mystery, chase, justice ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   50%
 
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