Movies like Cape Fear

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Cape Fear (1991)
 7.3
 190K
Cape Fear (1991)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss.
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, neo noir, suspense, macabre ...
Plot: rape, family in danger, fear, rapist, lawyer, dangerous attraction, prison, serial killer, crimes, revenge, violence, betrayal, justice, cat and mouse, criminal's revenge, psychopath, anger, ex convict, yuppie, trapped, psychology, brutality, manipulation, dog, stalking ...
Time: 90s, 20th century

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Most similar movies to Cape Fear

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and suspense films with plots about crimes, murder, police investigation, runaway, dialogue, corruption and brutality mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Cape Fear: Fear (1996), Eye for an Eye (1996), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Derailed (2005), Breakdown (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 29K
Cape Fear (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Sam Bowden witnesses a rape committed by Max Cady and testifies against him. When released after 8 years in prison, Cady begins stalking Bowden and his family but is always clever enough not to violate the law.
Style: psychological, neo noir, tense, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: psychopath, family in danger, stalking, small town, crimes, revenge, chase, murder, lawyer, manic, obsession, woman in danger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 47K
Fear (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A 16 year old girl takes up with a charming young man who quickly shows his colors when he beats a friend simply for walking with her and then goes totally ballistic after she tries to break up with him.
Style: suspenseful, sexual, serious, rough, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: obsession, psychopath, dangerous attraction, obsessive love, fatal attraction, teenager, rapist, rivalry, crimes, virginity, family relations, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: seattle, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.1
 16K
Eye for an Eye (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: It's fire and brimstone time as grieving mother Karen McCann takes justice into her own hands when a kangaroo court in Los Angeles fails to convict Robert Doob, the monster who raped and murdered her 17-year-old daughter.
Style: tense, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: rape, vigilantism, murder, obsession, psychopath, haunted by the past, support group, vengeance, vigilante, legal action, loss of daughter, woman in danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, scary, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, murder, mind game, cannibalism, investigation, maniac, psychology, profiler, brutality, fbi, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, ohio, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.6
 73K
Derailed (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, they are forced to turn the tables on him to save their families.
Style: suspenseful, rough, surprise ending, serious, tense ...
Plot: blackmail, dangerous attraction, deception, infidelity, crimes, couples, family in danger, disorder, adultery, rape, dishonesty, extramarital affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 54K
Breakdown (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, suspense, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, ransom, uncover truth, truck driver, highway, chase, kidnapping, gang, deception, woman in danger, couples, surveillance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, arizona, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: stalking, woman in danger, domestic violence, obsession, violent husband, starting over, psychopath, obsessive love, haunted by the past, dangerous attraction, on the run, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1990
Place: usa, iowa, boston, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.5
 34K
The Stepfather (2009)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Michael Harding (Penn Badgley) returns home from military school to find his mother (Sela Ward) happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David (Dylan Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious ...
Style: scary, twists and turns, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: family in danger, manic, hidden identity, serial killer, crimes, youth, uncover truth, serial murder, family problems, family relations, dishonesty, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, portland oregon, oregon, salt lake city utah, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 7.2
 202K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there are surprises for both around every corner, and, as a suspenseful game of ...
Style: twists and turns, suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: murder mystery, mind game, investigation, courtroom drama, manipulation, legal investigation, obsession, lawyer, adultery, perfect crime, murder, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 270K
Hannibal (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: After having successfully eluded the authorities for years, Hannibal peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when he's discovered leaving a deserving few dead in the process. He returns to America to make ...
Style: rough, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, master criminal, mind game, cannibalism, homicidal maniac, fbi, cat and mouse, crimes, law enforcement, torment, psychiatrist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florence, europe, venice, washington d.c., italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, suspense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, torture, brutality, injustice, court, escape, lawyer, escape attempt, convict, sadism, drug smuggling, hashish ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1972, year 1975 ...
Place: turkey, brooklyn new york city, istanbul turkey, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 50K
15 Minutes (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic, bleak, brutal ...
Plot: prisoner, police investigation, journalism, police detective, media, paranoia, death, criminal, fear, crimes, partners against crime, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 60K
Straw Dogs (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: David Sumner, a mild-mannered academic from the United States, marries Amy, an Englishwoman. In order to escape a hectic stateside lifestyle, David and his wife relocate to the small town in rural Cornwall where Amy was raised. There, David is ...
Style: bleak, tense, psychological, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, murder, teasing, family in danger, self defense, revenge, brutality, village life, vengeance, breaking point, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, cornwall, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.0
 88K
Righteous Kill (2008)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: 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?
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, crimes, vigilantism, law enforcement, mind game, partners, partners against crime, fighting crime, revenge, avenger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, harlem, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.8
 2K
Relentless (1989)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles police detectives, cynical veteran Malloy and cocky rookie Dietz, hunt for a serial killer, an ex-cop named Taylor, whom randomly chooses his victims from a phone directory.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, exciting, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, maniac, psychopath, police investigation, crimes, vengeance, partners against crime, mentally unstable, stalking, police detective, police officer, manipulation ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: los angeles, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 72K
Manhunter (1986)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecktor, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.
Style: neo noir, tense, suspenseful, scary, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, investigation, fbi, mind game, profiler, master criminal, cannibalism, law enforcement, violence, brutality, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., miami, baltimore, florida, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Under Suspicion (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. "This will only take ten minutes", they say, but it turns out to be one loose end after another, and the ten minutes he is ...
Style: twist ending, talky, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, rape, murder, lawyer, mind game, murder mystery, mystery, crimes, serial killer, interrogation, prime suspect, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, tense, exciting, serious ...
Plot: vengeance, master criminal, justice, murder, fighting the system, vigilantism, prison, mind game, injustice, perfect crime, outsmarting, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Bedroom Window (1987)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Terry Lambert is sleeping with Sylvia, the wife of his boss. One night, while in Terry's apartment, Sylvia witnesses a man assault a young woman, Denise, on the road below. Not wanting to reveal her affair with Terry, she keeps quiet. Terry ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rapist, false accusation, legal, investigation, serial killer, infidelity, police investigation, murder, femme fatale, mind game, obsession, uncover truth ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A History of Violence (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
Style: neo noir, harsh, tense, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: robbery, family relations, self defense, small town, double life, attempted murder, revenge, attempted robbery, vigilantism, mafia, criminal's revenge, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Frozen Ground (2013)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, factual, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, kidnapping, psychopath, crimes, sexual predator, winter, drug overdose, rapist, rape and murder, manhunt, rape ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, 70s
Place: alaska, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Internal Affairs (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, internal affairs, police investigation, manipulation, psychopath, crimes, yuppie, corrupt cop, law enforcement, rivalry, dishonesty, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 265K
Phone Booth (2002)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, tense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mind game, hostage, sniper, psychopath, dishonesty, trapped, crimes, hopes, sin, murder, redemption, characters in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 5.2
 1K
Borderline (2002)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA, South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Psychiatrist Dr. Lila Colleti is divorcing her husband and is devastated when he wins custody of their two little girls, whom he gets largely because Lila's job, being a psychiatrist for the criminally insane at the local prison, is a ...
Style: psychological, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, obsession, false accusation, murder, prison, woman in danger, dangerous attraction, ex husband ex wife relationship, police detective, family problems, mental illness, custody ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 63K
Marathon Man (1976)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A graduate student and obsessive runner in New York is drawn into a mysterious plot involving his brother, a member of the secretive Division.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, disturbing, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, dentist, chase, attempted murder, vengeance, espionage, intrigue, investigation, rivalry, trap, betrayal, secret agents ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, france, uruguay ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Gingerbread Man (1998)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Savannah lawyer Rick Magruder is at a party celebrating his courtroom victory defending a cop killer when a member of the catering staff, Mallory Doss, discovers her car has been stolen. Having had a few drinks, Magruder offers to give her a lift ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, psychological, neo noir ...
Plot: lawyer, psychopath, femme fatale, courtroom, law firm, crimes, couples, parents and children, dedicated lawyer, criminal's revenge, family problems, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s
Place: southern usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Desperate Hours (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A criminal holds a wealthy family hostage.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, scary, serious ...
Plot: hostage, mind game, family relations, crimes, manhunt, couple relations, law enforcement, justice, fbi, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, psychopath ...
Time: 80s
Place: utah, latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.6
 43K
The Hitcher (2007)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: While driving through the New Mexico Desert during a rainy night, the college students Jim Halsey and his girlfriend Grace Andrews give a ride to the hitchhiker John Ryder. While in their car, the stranger proves to be a psychopath threatening the ...
Style: scary, slasher, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, hitchhiker, gas station, psychopath, desert, murder, car chase, on the road, on the run, road trip, mind game, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new mexico, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.7
 36K
Cold in July (2014)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane ...
Style: twists and turns, neo noir, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: private detective, home invasion, murder, intruder, crimes, vigilantism, investigation, unlikely partners, death, self defense, partners, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.3
 18K
Tightrope (1984)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Wes Block is a detective who's put on the case of a serial killer. His victims are young and pretty women, which he rapes and murders. The murders are getting personal when the killer chooses victims who are acquaintances of Block. Even his ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, intense, tricky ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, police investigation, murder, kidnapping, woman in danger, single parent, crimes, manipulation, mind game, mysterious character, obsession ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%