Movies like Jacob's Ladder

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Jacob's Ladder (1990)
 7.5
 95K
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him...
Style: surprise ending, psychological, atmospheric, bleak, disturbing, twists and turns, scary, serious, twist ending, surreal ...
Plot: hallucination, paranoia, nightmare, haunted by the past, dealing with death, hallucinations, mind game, delusion, tragic event, heaven and hell, vietnam veteran, losing-it hero, obsession, suffering, dysfunctional character, vietnam war, purgatory, monster, army, soldier, accident, fear, dying, murder, funeral ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: vietnam, new york, usa, asia

Most similar movies to Jacob's Ladder

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out psychological, suspenseful, serious and suspense films with plots about paranoia, weird, hallucination, storytelling, insanity, psychology and murder mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like Jacob's Ladder: In the Mouth of Madness (1994), The Machinist (2004), Shutter Island (2010), Carnival of Souls (1962), The Sixth Sense (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to ...
Style: atmospheric, gothic, surreal, scary, psychological ...
Plot: disappearance, lovecraftian, insanity, investigation, hallucination, paranoia, violence, police brutality, gory, hallucinations, deadly, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new england, new hampshire, europe, england, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.7
 346K
The Machinist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, bleak, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: insomnia, losing-it hero, mysterious character, uncover truth, obsession, paranoia, insanity, torment, life is a bitch, hit and run, confession, taunting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.1
 1.1M
Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental institution, mystery, insanity, paranoia, plot twist, investigation, mental illness, losing-it hero, uncover truth, delusion, confined, deception ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1952 ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Mary Henry ends up the sole survivor of a fatal car accident through mysterious circumstances. Trying to put the incident behind her, she moves to Utah and takes a job as a church organist. But her fresh start is interrupted by visions of a fiendish ...
Style: atmospheric, gothic, scary, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: ghost, female protagonist, supernatural, afterlife, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, danger, woman in danger, carnival, zombie, supernatural horror, car accident ...
Place: utah, usa, salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 884K
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, mystery, psychology, afterlife, death, supernatural ability, psychic power, psychic, psychiatrist, life & death, psychologist ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.4
 88K
Take Shelter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
Style: disturbing, bleak, atmospheric, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: paranoia, mental illness, delusion, nervous breakdown, nightmare, fear, family relations, dreams, sanity, insanity, obsession, schizophrenia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1986, year 2011
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.4
 853K
The Shining (1980)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, scary, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: isolation, insanity, supernatural, evil, danger, psychic, hotel, nervous breakdown, psychopath, ghost, trapped, a vision ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1920s, 80s
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado, oregon, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.8
 332K
The Game (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, ...
Style: surprise ending, psychological, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: mystery, mind game, uncover truth, life turned upside down, disorder, manipulation, businessman, psychology, game, surveillance, scheme, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: mind bending, psychological, twists and turns, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: mystery, lesbian, obsession, strong sexual content, hollywood, hallucination, dreams, lesbianism, lesbian sex, death, cowboy, memory loss ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 ⇓
67%
 6.8
 35K
Spider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, surreal, mind bending ...
Plot: mental illness, childhood trauma, haunted by the past, mental patient, murder, betrayal, misfit, vengeance, mystery, infidelity, past, delusion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s, 1950s
Place: london, europe, africa, britain, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 183K
The Witch (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In 1630s New England, William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness, exiled from their settlement when William defies the local church. When their newborn son vanishes and ...
Style: dark, scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: witch, curses spells and rituals, supernatural, religion, wilderness, parents and children, family in danger, insanity, imaginary, guilt, violence, paganism ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: new england, usa, new hampshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.1
 32K
Bug (2006)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A lonely waitress with a tragic past, Agnes rooms in a run-down motel, living in fear of her abusive, recently paroled ex-husband. But when Agnes begins a tentative romance with Peter, an eccentric, nervous drifter, she starts to feel hopeful again ...
Style: suspenseful, mind bending, psychological, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: paranoia, psychosis, conspiracy theory, obsession, couples, delusion, drugs/alcohol, losing-it hero, insanity, isolated place, motel, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, France, Sweden
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.
Style: twist ending, suspense, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: memory loss, mystery, uncover truth, amnesia, domestic violence, psychology, life turned upside down, psychiatrist, obsession, woman in danger, power relations, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.8
 104K
Gothika (2003)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France, Canada, Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After a car crash, a criminal psychologist (Halle Berry) comes to, only to find that she's a patient in the same mental institution that currently employs her. It seems she's been accused of murdering her husband -- but she has no memory ...
Style: scary, psychological, psycho film, gothic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, investigation, mental illness, protagonist as suspect, serial killer, supernatural, mind game, mystery, crazy, psychiatrist, mental institution, insanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, new hampshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Newly released from a mental ward, Jessica hopes to return to life the way it was before her nervous breakdown. But when Jessica moves to a country house with her husband and a close friend, she finds a mysterious girl living in there who may or may ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, low-budget ...
Plot: haunted by the past, vampire, murder, haunted house, ghost, zombie, hippie, paranoia, mental institution, drowning, curses spells and rituals, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new england, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.4
 10K
Shock Corridor (1963)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Determined to pull in the Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett will go to any length necessary to win the coveted award. When he learns of an unsolved murder committed at a mental institution, Barrett devises a scheme to solve it and earn himself ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: mental institution, murder, mental illness, investigation, doctors and patients, journalism, power relations, uncover truth, losing-it hero, insanity, psychiatrist, stripper ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: mount fuji, africa, usa, united states, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.6
 59K
Dark Water (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Dahlia Williams and her daughter Cecelia move into a rundown apartment on New York's Roosevelt Island. She is currently in midst of divorce proceedings and the apartment, though near an excellent school for her daughter, is all she can afford. ...
Style: psychological, scary, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric ...
Plot: ghost, divorce, haunted by the past, danger, parents and children, starting over, supernatural, imaginary friend, drowning, elevator, apartment, teacher ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 70s, year 1974
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city, seattle washington ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 368K
Saw (2004)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back, or ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: torture, mind game, serial killer, psychopath, captivity, plot twist, insanity, master criminal, survival, race against time, gory, doctor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Carnival of Souls (1998)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Alex Grant is a troubled young woman, 20 years ago, she witnessed her mother get murdered by a carnival clown. She has nightmares of the clown - Louis Seagram. First a kind man then turned bad and also tried to rape Alex's mother. Alex fears ...
Style: psychological, tense, scary, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: carnival, evil clown, vengeance, witnessing a crime, murder, haunted by the past, deadly, circus, slasher, danger, childhood trauma, female protagonist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
I Trapped the Devil (2019)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A man descends into paranoia after trapping what he believes to be the devil in his basement, but things take a dark turn when his family unexpectedly arrive for Christmas.
Style: scary, suspenseful, twists and turns, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: isolation, family in danger, fear, evil, devil, family bonds, deal with the devil, suspicion, insanity, villain, whispering, terror ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.8
 73K
Stay (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Psychiatrist Sam Foster has a new patient, Henry Letham, who claims to be suicidal. In trying to diagnose him, Sam visits Henry's prior therapist and also finds Henry's mother -- even though Henry has said that he murdered both of his ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, surreal, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: suicide attempt, suicide, psychiatrist, doctors and patients, mentally unstable, unfulfillment, student, patient, guilt, mental institution, obsession, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.9
 158K
Enemy (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, Spain, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.
Style: twist ending, psychological, bleak, tense, surreal ...
Plot: symbolism, obsession, mental illness, delusion, professor, mystery, paranoia, actor, mysterious character, life turned upside down, disorder, lookalikes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
Jacob's Ladder (2019)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After losing his brother in combat, Jacob Singer returns home from Afghanistan -- only to be pulled into a mind-twisting state of paranoia. Singer soon realizes that his sibling is alive but life is not what it seems.
Style: suspense, psychological, dark, macabre, twists and turns ...
Plot: african american, danger, blood, life & death, brother, getting home, death, war, drug, sunglasses, shot to death, drug overdose ...
Time: 2010s
Place: afghanistan, usa, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 5K
The Other (1972)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Chilling and eerie, this supernatural tale of good versus evil coils around twin brothers living with their grandmother in a sleepy rural area during the summer of 1935. After his grandmother encourages Niles to develop what seem to be psychic ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, twins, good versus evil, mystery, graphic violence, rivalry, countryside, danger, psychopath, deadly, unlikely criminals, siblings relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: europe, holland, connecticut, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Premature Burial (1962)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: An artist grows distant from his new wife as an irrational horror of premature burial consumes him.
Style: bleak, mind bending, psychological, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: obsession, death, tomb, fear, coffin, eccentric family, haunted by the past, mystery, crumbling marriage, mental illness, gothic horror, spider ...
Time: 60s, victorian england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.0
 679K
Black Swan (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, twist ending, cerebral ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, dancer's life, insanity, hallucination, surrealism, paranoia, mental illness, losing-it hero, rivalry, dark fantasy, psychology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Ninth Configuration (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Col. Vincent Kane is a military psychiatrist who takes charge of an army mental hospital situated in a secluded castle. Among Kane's many eccentric patients is Capt. Billy Cutshaw, a troubled astronaut in the midst of an existential crisis. ...
Style: cult film, psychological, surreal, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: astronaut, vietnam war, mental illness, gang, murder, psychosis, post traumatic stress disorder, absurdism, mental institution, castle, crucifix, army ...
Time: year 1980, 80s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.0
 72K
Stir of Echoes (1999)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After being hypnotized by his sister in law, Tom Witzky begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, suspense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: psychic, afterlife, ghost, clairvoyance, paranoia, hypnosis, murder, haunted house, supernatural, supernatural ability, obsession, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.5
 14K
Maniac (1980)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and takes their scalps as trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in photographer Anna, and end his killing spree?
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, scary, controversial ...
Audience: teens
Plot: model, serial killer, gory, gore, violence, prostitute, stalking, psychopath, park, rage, shotgun, killer ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1979
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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