Movies like The Last Wave

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The Last Wave (1977)
 7.0
 8K
The Last Wave (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: White Australian lawyer David Burton agrees with reluctance to defend a group of aborigines charged with murdering one of their own. He suspects the victim was targeted for violating a tribal taboo, but the defendants deny any tribal association. Burton, plagued by apocalyptic visions of water, slowly realizes danger may come from his own involvement with the aborigines and their prophecies.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, disturbing, scary, mind bending, serious, futuristic, realistic, suspenseful, contemplative ...
Plot: water, murder, catastrophe, lawyer, apocalypse, court, beach, dream, shaman, storm, aborigine, paranoia, nightmare, manslaughter, sign, mystery, investigation, crimes, couple relations, save the world, danger, couples, chaos, hanging, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, future
Place: australia, sydney australia

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Most similar movies to The Last Wave

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out psychological, suspenseful, serious and complex films with plots about storytelling, murder, weird, dialogue, mystery, secrets and brutality mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Last Wave: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Don't Look Now (1973), Jagged Edge (1985), In Dreams (1999), Birth (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In the early 1900s, Miranda attends a girls boarding school in Australia. One Valentine's Day, the school's typically strict headmistress treats the girls to a picnic field trip to an unusual but scenic volcanic formation called Hanging ...
Style: stylized, meditative, melancholic, scenic, lyrical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: missing person, girls' boarding school, valentine's day, mystery, unsolved mystery, wilderness, expedition, disappearance, suicide, tragedy, friendship between girls, girls' school ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 90s, 19th century, victorian era ...
Place: australia, south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 48K
Don't Look Now (1973)
Genre: Drama, 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, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, disturbing ...
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 ⇓
34%
 6.5
 13K
Jagged Edge (1985)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires lawyer Teddy Barnes to defend him, despite the fact she ...
Style: twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, lawyer, courtroom, mystery, crime, crimes, danger, legal, court, courtroom drama, neo noir, beach house ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.5
 12K
In Dreams (1999)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A suburban housewife learns that she has psychic connections to a serial killer, and can predict this person's motives through her dreams.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, scary, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, supernatural, mystery, kidnapping, supernatural ability, deadly, danger, investigation, haunted by the past, woman in danger, hospital ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 6.1
 34K
Birth (2004)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: It took Anna 10 years to recover from the death of her husband, Sean, but now she's on the verge of marrying her boyfriend, Joseph, and finally moving on. However, on the night of her engagement party, a young boy named Sean turns up, saying he ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, enigmatic, melancholic, artsy ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, reincarnation, wedding, mystery, dishonesty, couples, little boy, haunted by the past, self discovery, life is a bitch, obsession, love triangle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Alexandra's Project (2003)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Steve is a man who has it all, a successful career, wonderful children, beautiful home and a loving wife. However, returning to his home after work on his birthday, he finds his house deserted and darkened with almost all the lightbulbs missing, all ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: vengeance, infidelity, family relations, birthday, murder, mind game, deadly, family problems, family in crisis, dishonesty, mental illness, psychological torture ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.7
 6K
Irresistible (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A wife and mother is consumed by the thought that her husband's co-worker is trying to win him away from her and their family.
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, psychological, tense ...
Plot: obsession, infidelity, paranoia, mentally unstable, fear, seduction, secret, love and romance, stalking, family problems, couples, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: australia, kosovo, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Seventh Sign (1988)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Abby is a pregnant woman with a curious new boarder in the apartment over her garage. Turns out he's heaven-sent and is speeding along the Apocalypse by bloodying rivers, egging on plagues and following scripture word for word.
Style: biblical, bleak, scary, serious, psychological ...
Plot: apocalypse, christianity, supernatural, pregnancy, prophecy, sacrifice, destiny, curses spells and rituals, woman in danger, clergy, religions or cults, worldwide chaos ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: haiti, nicaragua, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 9K
Obsession (1976)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: ransom, obsession, kidnapping, crimes, couple relations, dangerous attraction, mistaken identity, chase, disorder, missing person, haunted by the past, rescue ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975, year 1959, 50s ...
Place: usa, italy, europe, los angeles, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.3
 6K
Jindabyne (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Stewart Kane, an Irishman living in the Australian town of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated hill country with three other men when they discover the body of a murdered girl in the river. Rather than return to the town immediately, they ...
Style: twists and turns, realistic, serious, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Plot: murder, fishing, police detective, countryside, serial killer, small town, investigation, crimes, couple relations, couples, law enforcement, weekend ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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: bleak, psychological, disturbing, surreal, mind bending ...
Plot: mental illness, childhood trauma, haunted by the past, murder, betrayal, mental patient, vengeance, misfit, mystery, infidelity, past, delusion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, 1950s
Place: europe, london, east end london, britain, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.9
 100K
Triangle (2009)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, atmospheric, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: time loop, ship, isolation, supernatural, gory, ocean or sea, storm, masked killer, bermuda triangle, nightmare, time travel, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1932, 2000s, 20th century ...
Place: florida, miami, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.2
 5K
The Rapture (1991)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A lonely telephone operator leading an empty, amoral life finds God — only to have her faith continually tested in ways beyond what she could have imagined.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, mind bending, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: end of the world, apocalypse, murder, religious conversion, group sex, faith, religions or cults, family relations, family problems, religion and supernatural, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.6
 55K
Blow-Up (1966)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. But in the course of a single day he accidentally captures on film the commission of a murder. ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: photographer, tennis, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), photograph, jazz, fashion, corpse, darkroom, photo shoot, singleness, amateur detective ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, england, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.6
 62K
The Gift (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When a local woman disappears and the police can't seem to find any leads, her father turns to a poor young woman with psychic powers. Slowly she starts having visions of the woman chained and in a pond. Her visions lead to the body and the ...
Style: suspenseful, twist ending, macabre, scary, suspense ...
Plot: psychic, foreknowledge, extrasensory perception, fortune teller, murder, investigation, missing person, clairvoyant, sheriff, violence, small town, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.2
 1K
Harlequin (1980)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In this modern-day version of the Rasputin story, David Hemmings plays an up-and-coming senator, Nick Rast, whose young son is terminally ill with leukaemia. A mysterious faith healer, Gregory Wolfe (Robert Powell), appears and seems to cure the ...
Style: scary, tense, atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, leukemia, senator, illusion, magic, sorcerer, missing person, woman in danger, curses spells and rituals, cons and scams, danger, espionage ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.9
 17K
Coma (1978)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: coma, hospital, black market, investigation, amateur detective, mystery, crimes, danger, neo noir, conspiracy, intern, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Weight of Water (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an ...
Style: psychological, sexy, suspenseful, tense, tricky ...
Plot: investigation, murder, infidelity, mystery, amateur detective, dangerous attraction, sexual relations, isolation, family problems, couples, incest, island ...
Time: 90s, 19th century, 2000s, 1870s
Place: new hampshire, europe, usa, norway, new england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
 7.0
 8K
Bad Timing (1980)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Alex Linden is a psychiatrist living in Vienna who meets Milena Flaherty though a mutual friend. Though Alex is quite a bit older than Milena, he's attracted to her young, carefree spirit. Despite the fact that Milena is already married, their ...
Style: erotic, sexual, cult film, sexy, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, overdose, nato, psychiatrist, extramarital affair, love, inspector, nudity (full frontal - brief), haunted by the past, love affair, sexual content, destructive relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vienna, austria, europe, morocco, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, mind bending ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, kidnapping, school, missing person, kindergarten, mystery, family relations, journalism, crimes, mentally unstable, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: london, england, europe, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Conversation (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. ...
Style: psychological, twists and turns, realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: surveillance, paranoia, character study, alienation, wiretap, obsession, losing-it hero, conspiracy, mystery, loner, unfulfillment, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.7
 29K
Dark Water (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman in the midst of an unpleasant divorce moves to an eerie apartment building with her young daughter. The ceiling of their apartment has a dark and active leak.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, scary, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: ghost, missing child, supernatural, mystery, haunted by the past, danger, losing-it hero, family problems, custody, parents and children, single parent, little girl ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 72K
Cach? (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Austria, Germany, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A married couple is terrorized by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch.
Style: disturbing, psychological, atmospheric, clever, tense ...
Plot: videotaping, suicide, haunted by the past, surveillance, family in crisis, nightmare, lie, mystery, conscience, dysfunctional family, family secret, childhood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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These Final Hours (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 87 min.
Story: What would you do on the last day on Earth? With the end of the world only hours away, the self-absorbed James heads to the ultimate party-to-end-all-parties. On his way there, he saves the life of a young girl named Rose who is searching ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, emotional, road movie ...
Plot: apocalypse, end of the world, party, race against time, life is a bitch, on the road, chaos, redemption, little girl, escapades, chases and races, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Eye of the Beholder (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A reclusive surveillance expert is hired to spy on a mysterious blackmailer, who just may be a serial killer.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, enigmatic, melancholic, surreal ...
Plot: serial killer, obsession, murder, stalking, secret service, mysterious character, mystery, dangerous attraction, private detective, danger, investigation, voyeurism ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: alaska, chicago illinois, new york, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
With a Friend Like Harry... (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident, Harry inserts himself in Michel's life... and things take a sinister turn.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, scary, humorous, suspense ...
Plot: obsession, murder, family relations, friendship, couple relations, couples, poet, crimes, family life, parents and children, serial killer, eccentricity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 4.3
 213
Vanished (2011)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman searches for many years to exact revenge on a kidnapper. A psychological thriller that examines how far a person would go if pushed to the extreme.
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Plot: vengeance, danger, crimes, rivalry, confined, deadly, mystery, husband wife relationship, hostage, kidnapping, secret, fight ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Lovely Bones (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, New Zealand
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family -- and her killer. As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal.
Style: emotional, tense, surreal, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: afterlife, pedophile, rape, family drama, loss of daughter, loss of child, serial killer, death in the family, heaven and hell, murder, dealing with death, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: usa, united states, delaware, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.2
 44K
The Hole (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.
Style: psychological, twist ending, tense, scary, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: obsession, youth, danger, claustrophobia, psychologist, twists & turns, bunker, psychology, survival, isolation, mystery, school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, cult film, psychological, mind bending ...
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: philadelphia, canada, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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