Movies like The Last Wave

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The Last Wave (1977)
 7.0
 9K
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: psychological, atmospheric, disturbing, enigmatic, scary, mind bending, serious, futuristic, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: nightmare, murder, catastrophe, lawyer, water, apocalypse, court, beach, dream, shaman, storm, aborigine, rain, paranoia, manslaughter, sign, mystery, investigation, crimes, couple relations, save the world, danger, couples, chaos, hanging ...
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, serious, complex and weird films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, secrets, mystery, twists & turns, murder and obsession mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Last Wave: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Don't Look Now (1973), Jagged Edge (1985), Birth (2004), In Dreams (1999). 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, psychological, meditative, melancholic, scenic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: missing person, valentine's day, girls' boarding school, unsolved mystery, mystery, coming of age, private school, wilderness, boarding school life, disappearance, suicide, tragedy ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 90s, victorian era, year 1900 ...
Place: australia, south australia
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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 ⇓
30%
 6.5
 14K
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, heiress, beach house ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.2
 36K
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, obsessive love, mystery, dishonesty, couples, little boy, life is a bitch, self discovery, haunted by the past, obsession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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 ⇓
26%
Alexandra's Project (2003)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 103 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, tense, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, infidelity, secret, paranoia, mentally unstable, crimes, fear, seduction, love and romance, stalking, mental illness, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: kosovo, melbourne australia, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
 55K
Inland Empire (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Poland, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: An actress's perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.
Style: psychological, surreal, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: filmmaking, actress, danger, curse, debt, infidelity, murder, makeup artist, nightmare, lifestyle, woman in danger, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, los angeles, california, usa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 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 ⇓
24%
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: 80s, 20th century
Place: haiti, nicaragua, israel, vatican, venice california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.9
 75K
Premonition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A depressed housewife who learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the day after to a world in which he is still dead.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, suspenseful, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: destiny, time loop, alternate reality, time travel, dealing with death, foreknowledge, parallel world, psychic, starting over, housewife, death, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.7
 66K
The Gift (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 111 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: twist ending, suspenseful, macabre, scary, psychological ...
Plot: psychic, clairvoyant, fortune teller, extrasensory perception, foreknowledge, investigation, murder, missing person, sheriff, psychic power, tarot card, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.3
 7K
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: realistic, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Plot: murder, fishing, police detective, serial killer, countryside, small town, investigation, crimes, couple relations, weekend, law enforcement, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, new south wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.3
 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, suspenseful, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: end of the world, apocalypse, group sex, murder, religious conversion, faith, religions or cults, family relations, family problems, religion and supernatural, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, dangerous attraction, mistaken identity, chase, disorder, danger, rescue, haunted by the past, missing person ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1950s, year 1975, 50s ...
Place: usa, italy, los angeles, europe, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, investigation, danger, voyeurism ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: san francisco, boston, pittsburgh, utah, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Caché (Hidden) (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: psychological, disturbing, atmospheric, clever, tense ...
Plot: videotaping, suicide, haunted by the past, surveillance, family in crisis, nightmare, lie, mystery, conscience, dysfunctional family, family secret, childhood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.0
 9K
Bad Timing (1980)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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, inspector, psychiatrist, love, extramarital affair, nudity (full frontal - brief), love and romance, dishonesty, unlikely criminals, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vienna, austria, europe, morocco, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Reporter John Klein is plunged into a world of impossible terror and unthinkable chaos when fate draws him to a sleepy West Virginia town whose residents are being visited by a great winged shape that sows hideous nightmares and fevered visions.
Style: scary, psychological, twists and turns, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: mystery, warning, psychic, hallucination, small town, precognition, terminal illness, urban legend, death of wife, mysterious event, reporter, omen ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: west virginia, washington d.c., usa, chicago illinois, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 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 ⇓
20%
 6.5
 268
Dead Heart (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Ray Lorkin, chief lawman in the tiny rural settlement of Wala Wala, Australia, fears that long-simmering tensions between the area's aborigine natives and white settlers are on the verge of erupting. When it's discovered that Kate, the ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: murder, interracial relations, infidelity, culture clash, aborigine, horny wife, injustice, crimes, opposites attract, criminal heroes, against the rules, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.6
 58K
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, fashion, jazz, counterculture, darkroom, photo shoot, corpse, singleness ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, europe, england, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.2
 45K
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: twist ending, psychological, scary, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: obsession, claustrophobia, twists & turns, youth, danger, mystery, bunker, psychologist, psychology, survival, school, underground bunker ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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 6.9
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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, neo noir, captivating ...
Plot: coma, hospital, black market, investigation, amateur detective, mystery, crimes, danger, conspiracy, intern, murder, race against time ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ 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, 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 ⇓
20%
 7.7
 67K
Open Your Eyes (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, captivating, enigmatic ...
Plot: psychiatrist, disfigurement, nightmare, love triangle, paranoia, doctor, jealousy, memory loss, dreams, mystery, love and romance, delusion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: spain, madrid, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: paranoia, surveillance, character study, wiretap, conspiracy, alienation, obsession, losing-it hero, mystery, loner, unfulfillment, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.6
 193K
Dark City (1998)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.
Style: neo noir, mind bending, gothic, psychological, tech noir ...
Plot: investigation, future dystopia, lovecraftian, distopia, evil alien, cyberpunk, memory, alien race, manipulation, memory loss, alternate reality, sleeping ...
Time: future, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, incest, family problems, couples, sexual relations, isolation, island ...
Time: 90s, 19th century, victorian era, 1870s, 2000s
Place: new hampshire, europe, usa, norway, new england ...
⇓ 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: psychological, suspenseful, scary, humorous, suspense ...
Plot: friendship, obsession, murder, family relations, couple relations, poet, couples, crimes, parents and children, family life, serial killer, eccentricity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%