Movies like Jacob's Ladder

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Jacob's Ladder (1990)
 7.5
 102K
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: bleak, twist ending, surreal, surprise ending, psychological, scary, atmospheric, disturbing, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: hallucination, paranoia, nightmare, haunted by the past, mind game, delusion, dealing with death, losing-it hero, post traumatic stress disorder, tragic event, grief, heaven and hell, obsession, suffering, dysfunctional character, hallucinations, army, experiment, chemist, vietnam veteran, memory, soldier, accident, fear, dying ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: new york, vietnam, usa, asia, brooklyn new york city

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Most similar movies to Jacob's Ladder

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out psychological, serious, atmospheric and suspenseful films with plots about hallucination, paranoia, dialogue, storytelling, twists & turns, insanity and psychology mostly in Mystery, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Jacob's Ladder: Shutter Island (2010), In the Mouth of Madness (1994), Carnival of Souls (1962), Stay (2005), The Machinist (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.2
 1.2M
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, investigation, mystery, insanity, plot twist, paranoia, psychology, mental illness, psychiatrist, uncover truth, isolation, delusion ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1945 ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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: gothic, surreal, neo noir, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: lovecraftian, insanity, hallucination, disappearance, investigation, paranoia, h.p. lovecraft, police brutality, gory, mind game, hallucinations, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new england, new hampshire, europe, england, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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: gothic, cult film, atmospheric, psychotronic, scary ...
Plot: ghost, female protagonist, supernatural, afterlife, haunted by the past, supernatural ability, danger, woman in danger, carnival, zombie, supernatural horror, car accident ...
Place: utah, usa, salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 77K
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, surreal, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: suicide attempt, suicide, psychiatrist, doctors and patients, unfulfillment, mentally unstable, obsession, mystery, patient, suicidal, mental illness, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.7
 369K
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, twist ending, neo noir ...
Plot: insomnia, insanity, mysterious character, uncover truth, obsession, paranoia, life is a bitch, losing-it hero, torment, hallucination, layoff, hit and run ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: united states, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: psychological, twists and turns, neo noir, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: mystery, surrealism, lesbian, hallucination, obsession, lesbianism, strong sexual content, dreams, alternate reality, lesbian romance, hollywood, lesbian sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 8.1
 938K
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, twists and turns, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, mystery, afterlife, death, psychology, supernatural ability, psychic, psychic power, paranormal phenomena, psychiatrist, life & death ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.9
 177K
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, surreal, bleak, tense ...
Plot: symbolism, paranoia, mystery, actor, obsession, mental illness, delusion, professor, disorder, life turned upside down, mysterious character, lookalikes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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, psychological, atmospheric, cult film, mind bending ...
Plot: investigation, small town, small town life, murder, hallucination, diary, supernatural, seduction, haunted by the past, split personality, mental illness, missing person ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1989, 80s, year 1988
Place: philadelphia, washington state, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.4
 97K
Take Shelter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 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: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, stylized, disturbing ...
Plot: paranoia, mental illness, delusion, nervous breakdown, nightmare, fear, dreams, insanity, sanity, obsession, construction worker, schizophrenia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011, year 1986
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.8
 364K
The Game (1997)
Genre: 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: psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: mystery, mind game, manipulation, uncover truth, life turned upside down, psychology, disorder, existentialism, scheme, game, life philosophy, businessman ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, seattle, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.4
 936K
The Shining (1980)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 146 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, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: isolation, insanity, supernatural, evil, ghost, danger, stephen king, hotel, nervous breakdown, psychic, psychopath, trapped ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 1920s
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado, oregon, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 38K
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: bleak, psychological, mind bending, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental illness, childhood trauma, haunted by the past, murder, misfit, betrayal, mental patient, mystery, vengeance, family relations, infidelity, past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, 1950s
Place: london, europe, united kingdom, england, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 78K
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: twist ending, psychological, atmospheric, suspense, serious ...
Plot: psychic, ghost, afterlife, hypnosis, haunted house, rape, clairvoyance, murder, paranoia, supernatural, nightmare, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.8
 110K
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, suspenseful, gothic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, mental illness, mystery, investigation, serial killer, mental institution, protagonist as suspect, supernatural, mind game, psychiatrist, crazy, insanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new hampshire, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 52K
Don't Look Now (1973)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After Laura and John Baxter lose their only child in a horrible drowning, they are greeted by strange sightings of her throughout their everyday lives. When two old ladies approach them in Italy with news that their daughter may still be alive, it ...
Style: atmospheric, twist ending, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: supernatural, hallucination, haunted by the past, family relations, drowning, architecture, mystery, loss of child, crimes, serial killer, psychic, reading ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, venice, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 7.5
 163K
The Lighthouse (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, USA, Brazil
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Style: gothic, suspense, psychological, disturbing, exciting ...
Plot: lovecraftian, lighthouse, hallucination, drunkenness, symbolism, lighthouse keeper, storm, isolation, nightmare, island, fight, secret ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 255K
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 136 min.
Story: David Aames has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia, his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between ...
Style: psychological, enigmatic, surreal, philosophical, twist ending ...
Plot: surrealism, disfigurement, hallucination, love triangle, love, virtual reality, lost love, tragic love, nightmare, disfigured face, obsession, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 22nd century, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
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 6.1
 34K
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: psychological, suspenseful, mind bending, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: paranoia, insanity, conspiracy theory, couples, drugs/alcohol, losing-it hero, isolated place, psychosis, obsession, nudity (full frontal - brief), delusion, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.0
 4K
Brain Dead (1990)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A psychological thriller from the writer of the original "Twilight Zone!" In a showdown of man vs. machine, Martin plunges into a chaotic nightmare trying to save his mind from the megalomaniacal corporation!
Style: psychological, atmospheric, surreal, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: nightmare, experiment, mental illness, insanity, hallucination, delusion, experiment gone awry, haunted by the past, obsession, doctors and patients, murder, deadly ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 11K
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: psychological, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: mental institution, murder, mental illness, investigation, doctors and patients, journalism, losing-it hero, power relations, uncover truth, insanity, psychiatrist, stripper ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: mount fuji, japan, africa, united states, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: slasher, scary, tense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: carnival, evil clown, vengeance, haunted by the past, murder, witnessing a crime, danger, deadly, circus, childhood trauma, sister sister relationship, psychiatrist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.7
 8K
Gothic (1986)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The year is 1816. A sprawling villa in Switzerland is the setting for a stormy night of madness. On this night of the "Haunted Summer," five famous friends gather around an ancient skull to conjure up their darkest fears. Poets Lord ...
Style: gothic, surreal, scary, psychological, psychedelic ...
Plot: surrealism, mystery, insanity, seance, mind game, supernatural, hallucination, ghost, woman in danger, demon, brutality, mad scientist ...
Time: 19th century, 1810s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, serious, cult film ...
Plot: ghost, zombie, vampire, murder, haunted by the past, hippie, haunted house, mental institution, paranoia, drowning, family problems, uncover truth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new england, usa, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 4.2
 30K
Boogeyman (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, New Zealand, Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Every culture has one – the horrible monster fueling young children's nightmares. But for Tim, the Boogeyman still lives in his memories as a creature that devoured his father 16 years earlier. Is the Boogeyman real? Or did Tim make him up to ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: haunted by the past, hallucination, nightmare, supernatural, ghost, hometown, gory, mentally unstable, danger, destiny, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.6
 61K
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, stylized ...
Plot: ghost, divorce, danger, starting over, haunted by the past, parents and children, supernatural, imaginary friend, drowning, elevator, teacher, job seeking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 1974, 70s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city, seattle washington ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: psychological, bleak, mind bending, twists and turns, gothic horror ...
Plot: coffin, obsession, death, fear, tomb, haunted by the past, eccentric family, mystery, crumbling marriage, mental illness, cemetery, spider ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
They Look Like People (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Suspecting that people around him are turning into evil creatures, a troubled man questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself.
Style: psychological, tense, twists and turns, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental illness, paranoia, supernatural, demons, demon, axe, secrets, twists & turns, psychology, insanity, obsession, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 70s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.7
 50K
Repulsion (1965)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Roman Polanski's first English-language film, beautiful young manicurist Carole suffers from androphobia (the pathological fear of interaction with men). When her sister and roommate, Helen, leaves their London flat to go on an Italian ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, surreal, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, hallucination, delusion, repression, rent, loneliness, losing-it hero, graphic violence, indoor, unfulfillment, rapist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 17K
Borgman (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Borgman is the central character of this dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears? Borgman is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence ...
Style: psychological, surreal, disturbing, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: drifter, mysterious character, family relations, dishonesty, nightmare, manipulations, hidden identity, manipulation, life turned upside down, terrorizing, family problems, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%