Movies like Cape Fear

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Cape Fear (1991)
 7.3
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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: psychological, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, suspense, surprise ending, gothic ...
Plot: family in danger, rapist, lawyer, fear, dangerous attraction, rape, crime, violence, prison, serial killer, revenge, betrayal, criminal's revenge, psychopath, trapped, ex convict, yuppie, anger, psychology, brutality, manipulation, dog, small town, cigar smoking, police ...
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 realistic, suspenseful, serious and suspense films with plots about murder, police investigation, brutality, dialogue, storytelling, twists & turns and revenge mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Cape Fear: Fear (1996), The Stepfather (2009), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), Hannibal (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.2
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Fear (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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: sexual, suspenseful, rough, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, dangerous attraction, psychopath, danger, obsessive love, rapist, rivalry, virginity, crimes, dishonesty, couples, terrorizing ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, san francisco
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88%
 7.7
 24K
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, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: psychopath, small town, family in danger, stalking, neo noir, crime, danger, revenge, murder, lawyer, obsession, mind game ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.6
 28K
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, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, hidden identity, family in danger, manic, youth, crimes, uncover truth, danger, killing off one by one, family problems, dishonesty, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, portland oregon, salt lake city utah, new jersey
⇓ 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: tense, suspenseful, scary, suspense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, investigation, murder, crime, fbi, psychology, maniac, deadly, killings ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, washington d.c., bahamas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, suspenseful, suspense, tense, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: stalking, domestic violence, obsession, violent husband, starting over, woman in danger, danger, on the run, haunted by the past, psychopath, dangerous attraction, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, year 1990, 20th century, 1990s
Place: iowa, usa, boston, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 239K
Hannibal (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Italy
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, suspenseful, stylized, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, psychopath, mind game, fbi, cat and mouse, cannibalism, special agents, one on one, crime, psychiatrist, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, florence, washington d.c., italy, venice ...
⇓ 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: disturbing, realistic, suspense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, injustice, lawyer, torture, brutality, escape attempt, trial, convict, anger, rape, sadism, smuggling ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 47K
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: suspenseful, twists and turns, realistic, brutal, tense ...
Plot: violence, journalism, police detective, prisoner, media, video camera, paranoia, fear, criminal, death, crime, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 6.2
 12K
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, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, obsession, rape, psychopath, haunted by the past, vengeance, support group, vigilantism, justice, vigilante, legal action, loss of daughter ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.0
 1K
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, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, crime, vengeance, mentally unstable, partners against crime, stalking, chases and races, maniac, police detective, police officer ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: los angeles, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
 53K
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: psychological, tense, disturbing, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, murder, lust, self defense, vengeance, family in danger, revenge, brutality, rivalry, couple relations, breaking point ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, cornwall
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.7
 3K
Criminal Law (1988)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A rising young attorney successfully defends a man accused of murder, only to have the same type of murder then happen again. Right away the previously defended man hires the attorney again, and although the attorney is quite certain that he is the ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, courtroom drama, chase, police investigation, crime, legal investigation, who done it, false accusation, legal, psychopath ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
A History of Violence (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, 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: tense, disturbing, realistic, twists and turns, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, robbery, mafia, self defense, attempted murder, attempted robbery, vigilantism, criminal's revenge, crime, hidden identity, deadly, going straight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.2
 531K
Heat (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, thief, gunfight, robbery, group of criminals, heist, one last job, tough law enforcer, police detective, crime, chase, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.5
 85K
Funny Games (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France, UK, Austria, Germany, Italy
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When Ann, husband George and son Georgie arrive at their holiday home they are visited by a pair of polite and seemingly pleasant young men. Armed with deceptively sweet smiles and some golf clubs, they proceed to terrorize and torture the ...
Style: rough, psychological, brutal, scary, bad ending ...
Plot: torture, psychopath, home invasion, serial killer, danger, hostages, murder, family, family in danger, mind game, neighbor, savagery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.0
 81K
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: suspenseful, rough, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, police investigation, vigilantism, mind game, partners, law enforcement, fighting crime, deadly, partners against crime, murder, justice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: rapist, false accusation, legal, investigation, serial killer, infidelity, police investigation, murder, femme fatale, danger, mind game, obsession ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.6
 1.3M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, psychopath, crime, mind game, police investigation, investigation, killings, torture, police detective, crimes, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 6.3
 61K
Triple 9 (2016)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Plot: heist, murder, bank robbery, police corruption, violence, betrayal, bag of money, crime, law enforcement, dirty cop, corruption, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, tel aviv israel, atlanta georgia, boston, los angeles
⇓ 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: talky, tense, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, murder mystery, mind game, rape, mystery, crime, lawyer, serial killer, interrogation, prime suspect, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: puerto rico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, psychological, serious, suspense ...
Plot: lawyer, psychopath, twists & turns, law firm, femme fatale, courtroom, crime, couples, parents and children, criminal's revenge, dedicated lawyer, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s
Place: georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
 239K
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: tense, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sniper, dishonesty, hostages, mind game, psychopath, crimes, murder, redemption, characters in danger, heroes, phone booth, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.6
 68K
Derailed (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, 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, tense, suspense, twist ending, rough ...
Plot: blackmail, infidelity, dangerous attraction, crimes, danger, rape, deception, dishonesty, crime, family problems, marital problem, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 6.2
 3K
Five Corners (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A psychotic young man returns to his old neighborhood after release from prison. He seeks out the woman he previously tried to rape and the man who protected her, with twisted ideas of love for her and hate for him.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: violence, stalking, psychopath, friendship, prison, crimes, rape, danger, deadly, police detective, rapist, hate ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, mississippi, bronx new york city, california ...
⇓ 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, serious, scary ...
Plot: mind game, crimes, manhunt, law enforcement, family relations, couple relations, fbi, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, psychopath, justice, police investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.2
 76K
Taking Lives (2004)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Recruited to assist Montreal police in their desperate search for a serial killer who assumes the identities of his victims, FBI profiler Illeana Scott knows it's only a matter of time before the killer strikes again. Her most promising lead is ...
Style: suspenseful, surprise ending, twist ending, suspense, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder mystery, psychopath, murder investigation, dangerous attraction, strong female character, profiler, fatal attraction, undercover agent, mistaken identity, psychological thriller ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, year 1983
Place: usa, canada, montreal quebec, pennsylvania, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 32K
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: suspenseful, tense, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: murder, private detective, violence, intruder, vigilantism, investigation, crimes, law enforcement, partners, deadly, gory, unlikely partners ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.3
 14K
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, murder, kidnapping, single parent, police investigation, crime, mind game, mysterious character, obsession, track down, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.2
 60K
Manhunter (1986)
Genre: Crime, Horror, 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: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, psychopath, fbi, mind game, cannibalism, master criminal, law enforcement, violence, brutality, neo noir, profiler ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: washington d.c., florida, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: serious, exciting, psychological, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: vengeance, fighting the system, vigilantism, murder, justice, master criminal, crime, death, prison, district attorney, mind game, perfect crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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