Movies and TV shows like Bates Motel

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Bates Motel (2013)
 8.2
 93K
Bates Motel (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: A "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho, depicting the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock's film, albeit in a different fictional town and in a modern setting. The series begins after the death of Norma's husband, when she purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life.
Style: atmospheric, tense, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, psychological, realistic, stylized, scary
Plot: incestuous desire, motel, mental disorder, family problems, serial killer, mother son relationship, murder, obsession, overbearing mother, small town, insanity, dysfunctional family, crimes, hotel, teenage life, mad, danger, small town life, graphic violence, half brother, taxidermy, neon sign, friendship, investigation, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa

Most similar movies to Bates Motel

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, tense and realistic films and TV series with plots about murder, crimes, danger, deadly, serial killer, investigation and mystery mostly in Thriller, Mystery and Drama genres. Some movies like Bates Motel: Psycho (1998), Dexter (2006), Castle Rock (2018), Wayward Pines (2015), American Horror Story (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 4.6
 44K
Psycho (1998)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Criminal on the run, Marion Crane takes refuge at the motel operated by Norman Bates - a troubled man whose victims encounter a grisly fate at the hands of his "mother." Marion soon becomes the next victim and her disappearance prompts ...
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: psychopath, murder, motel, split personality, isolation, psycho, transvestism, stolen money, parents and children, crimes, eccentric family, secret ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 623K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have ...
Style: clever, captivating, serious, dark humor, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, vigilantism, hidden identity, corpse, crimes, forensics, right and wrong, crime, loner, gory, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 35K
Castle Rock (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series intertwines characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock.
Style: enigmatic, bleak, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: paranormal phenomena, danger, investigation, small town, death, murder, crimes, violence, lawyer, mind reading, interracial adoption, mysticism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 51K
Wayward Pines (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Imagine the perfect American town... beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets. Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you're going insane. You must be ...
Style: tense, mind bending, captivating, serious, suspenseful
Plot: small town, apocalypse, investigation, society, danger, small town life, isolation, transformation, beast, confined, missing person, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, idaho
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
American Horror Story (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: American Horror Story is an anthology horror drama series.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, scary, captivating, tense ...
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, ghost, death, witch, danger, insanity, nun, couple relations, creature, haunted by the past, mental institution ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 60s, year 2013 ...
Place: los angeles, massachusetts, new orleans, usa, north carolina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.5
 215K
Hannibal (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Both a gift and a curse, Graham has the extraordinary ability to think like his prey—he sees what they see, feels what they feel. But while Graham is pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams him ...
Style: tense, psychological, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibal, cannibalism, psychiatrist, death, mental patient, crime, special agents, murder, deception ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 8.1
 150K
Criminal Minds (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 42 min.
Story: An elite team of FBI profilers analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU ...
Style: psychological, serious, rough, exciting, twists and turns ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: fbi, special agents, crimes, murder, crime, law enforcement, team, investigation, profiler, serial killer, intelligence, forensics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, virginia, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 185K
Orphan (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple with a rocky past adopt 9-year old, Esther to fill the void created by a recently-stillborn baby. However, Esther is not quite who she seems.
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: orphan, family in danger, family problems, adoption, mysterious character, manipulation, deadly, parents and children, insanity, female psychopath, fear, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
 5.4
 12K
Psycho III (1986)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Norman Bates is still running his little motel, and he has kept the dressed skeleton he calls mother. One of his guests is a young girl who has left the convent where she lived. To get some help he employs a young man. One day a nosey journalist ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, mental illness, psychopath, slasher, serial killer, split personality, voyeurism, woman in danger, hotel, blood, corpse, sex ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Harper's Island (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 40 min.
Story: A group of family and friends travels to a secluded island for a destination wedding. They've come to laugh... to love... and, though they don't know it... to die. As the wedding festivities begin, friendships are tested and secrets ...
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: island, serial killer, danger, haunted by the past, gory, murder, friends, wedding, fear, serial murder, sheriff, family relations ...
Place: washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.0
 62K
Dream House (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Publisher, Will Atenton quits a lucrative job in New York to relocate his wife, Libby and their daughters to a quaint town in New England. However, as they settle into their home the Atentons discover that a woman and her children were murdered ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, plot twist, riddles and clues, memory loss, parents and children, murder, investigation, haunted by the past, family in danger, nervous breakdown, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
 1K
The Sight (2000)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The American successful architect Michael Lewis travels to London with his partner and friend, the builder Jake, to refurbish an old hotel. Michael is having successive nightmares, and once in London, he realizes that twenty-one spirits are trying ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, scary ...
Plot: ghost, serial killer, hotel, architect, haunted by the past, supernatural, deadly, investigation, danger, afterlife, murder, mind game ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 10K
Slasher (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Thirty years ago, in the sleepy community of Waterbury, a killer known as “The Executioner” murdered Sarah Bennett's parents. Now Sarah and her husband Dylan have returned to town, only to find herself the centerpiece in a series of ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, friendship, betrayal, survival, crimes, investigation, husband wife relationship, jealousy, artist, blood, teenager ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.8
 111K
It (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 192 min.
Story: A series of murders prompts Mike Hanlon to suspect that the supernatural menace that he and a group of friends battled as children has returned. He begins to call his friends to remind them of the oath they swore: if It returned again, they would ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, disturbing, psychological ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: giant spider, clown, asthma, friendship, supernatural, small town, good versus evil, villain, investigation, childhood, childhood trauma, deadly ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Scream: The TV Series (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town's troubled past. Everyone has secrets. Everyone tells lies. Everyone is ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, scary, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: serial killer, characters killed one by one, youth, danger, murder, high school, teenage life, massacre, who done it, mystery, small town, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 9.0
 476K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: realistic, captivating, bleak, clever, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, police detective, crimes, partners, investigation, partners against crime, murder, neo noir, uncover truth, murderer ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.5
 438
Runaway (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Michael Adler has run away from his suburban home with his little brother Dylan. Hiding out in a quiet, rural town, Michael's convinced he can make a better life for both of them. While Dylan stays holed up in a cheap motel all day, Michael ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: starting over, teenage life, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, family problems, deadly, investigation, on the run, crimes, obsession, store, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Flying Dutchman (2001)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Sexuality and serial murder in an American village.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, femme fatale, obsession, dangerous attraction, who done it, crimes, danger, couples, deadly, psychopath, murder, mentally unstable ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Norman Bates is again released from the mental hospital he was placed in at the end of Psycho III after serving another few years and is apparently rehabiliated for the second time. Norman is now married to a young nurse named Connie and is ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, twists and turns, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: oedipus complex, serial killer, psychopath, murder, split personality, radio show, motel, voyeurism, radio dj, cross dressing, mind game, deadly ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 20th century, 80s ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Bleeding House (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The Smiths -- a family with a secret past -- are visited by a sweet-talking southern gentleman who is looking for small town humanity. But they'll soon find out that kindness towards strangers is not always rewarded, and the secretive ...
Style: rough, serious, scary, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, psychopath, mysterious character, out of the way, vengeance, danger, deadly, family problems, family life, crimes, haunted by the past, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.0
 10K
Millennium (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: A retired FBI serial-profiler joins the mysterious Millennium Group, a team of underground ex-law enforcement experts dedicated to fighting against the ever-growing forces of evil and darkness in the world.
Style: suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, scary, tense
Plot: serial killer, good versus evil, cult, fbi, supernatural, secret movement, investigation, conspiracy, prophecy, murder investigation, crimes, supernatural ability ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Adopting Terror (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Tim and Cheryl Broadbent are excited to finally adopt Mona, a beautiful baby girl. But when the baby's biological father starts stalking them, their world turns upside down: through intimidation, manipulation, and violence, he is determined to ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, rough
Plot: psychopath, murder, stalking, family in danger, crimes, family problems, danger, parents and children, deadly, adoption, husband wife relationship, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 3.4
 364
Awakened (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Samantha believes that her father murdered her mother. In her exhausting search for the truth about her young mother's untimely death 14 years earlier, Samantha receives help from beyond the grave.
Style: tense, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: supernatural, murder, uncover truth, investigation, parents and children, haunted by the past, crimes, mystery, small town life, small town, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An exploration of Charles Dickens's unfinished work in which the mystery of the murder of Edwin Drood is examined.
Style: tense, serious, atmospheric, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: murder, mystery, stalking, obsession, small town, human nature, orphan, crimes, uncover truth, danger, torment, youth ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 4.0
 660
Ghoul (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: In the tradition of Stephen King’s Stand by Me, Chiller’s original film Ghoul – based on the celebrated novel by author Brian Keene — tells the story of three damaged children who set out to find who, or what, is behind a rash of local ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense
Audience: pre-teens, teens
Plot: investigation, riddles and clues, teenage life, buddies, missing person, danger, youth, friendship, kids in trouble, family problems, small town, imaginary ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.9
 2K
The Barber (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Eugene is a small town barber, beloved by the local community, but hiding a deadly secret. John is hunting for a serial killer not to expose him but to learn the business! They form a twisted bond and turn the town upside down as Eugene teaches John ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, realistic
Plot: obsession, murder, mind game, serial killer, crimes, deadly, small town, investigation, hairdresser, barbershop, undercover, baseball bat ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Thorne: Sleepyhead (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, Canada, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Thorne Sleepyhead: follows DI Tom Thornes investigation into a mysterious serial killer. His first three victims ended up dead. His fourth was not so fortunate. Alison Willetts is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, police investigation, crimes, murder, hunt down, society, danger, law enforcement, deadly, crime, murder investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.4
 7K
The Zodiac (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An elusive serial killer known as the Zodiac terrorizes the San Francisco Bay in the late 1960s, while detectives aim to stop him before he claims more victims. Based on a true story.
Style: rough, bleak, psychological, serious, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, psychopath, murder, investigation, obsession, mind game, gory, crimes, mystery, journalism, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 890
A Mother's Son (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 46 min.
Story: A mother suspects that her son could be the killer of a recently found dead girl, and becomes caught in a torturous dilemma of whether to denounce him, or protect him and hide the act.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, parents and children, who done it, small town, moral dilemma, suspicion, danger, youth, social relations, small town life, deadly, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, mind bending, cult film ...
Plot: investigation, small town life, small town, murder, odd, hallucination, supernatural, diary, seduction, haunted by the past, split personality, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, year 1988, year 1989
Place: washington state, philadelphia, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%