Movies like The Machinist

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The Machinist (2004)
 7.7
 333K
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 ability to sleep. This is no ordinary insomnia...
Style: psychological, mind bending, bleak, suspenseful, offbeat, surreal, surprise ending, twist ending, twists and turns, interesting ...
Plot: insomnia, obsession, losing-it hero, mysterious character, uncover truth, torment, paranoia, life is a bitch, confession, hit and run, factory, taunting, insanity, layoff, death, cafe, alienation, surrealism, corpse, schizophrenia, secrets, loneliness, manhole, old photograph, one armed man ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary

Most similar movies to The Machinist

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out psychological, serious, enigmatic and interesting films with plots about obsession, storytelling, twists & turns, psychology, insanity, death and violence mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Machinist: Fight Club (1999), Shutter Island (2010), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Number 23 (2007), Enemy (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.8
 1.7M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: surprise ending, mind bending, twists and turns, thought provoking, biting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, losing-it hero, social decay, insomnia, nihilism, fist fighting, against the rules, dissociative identity disorder, life philosophy, fighting the system, loneliness, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 1.0M
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, surprise ending, suspenseful, twist ending, tense ...
Plot: mystery, mental institution, insanity, paranoia, investigation, losing-it hero, plot twist, uncover truth, mental illness, island, doctors and patients, psychiatrist ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1954, year 1945 ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 854K
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, psychology, ghost, supernatural ability, mystery, afterlife, psychic, death, psychic power, life & death, psychologist, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 186K
The Number 23 (2007)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Walter Sparrow is an animal control officer that becomes obsessed with a mysterious book that seems to be based on his own life. As soon as he opens the book, he notices strange parallels between what he reads and what he's experienced. But now ...
Style: twists and turns, scary, surprise ending, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: obsession, losing-it hero, insanity, a vision, suicide, uncover truth, riddles and clues, nightmare, paranoia, mystery, imagination, investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 147K
Enemy (2013)
Genre: 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, disorder, life turned upside down, mysterious character, lookalikes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 319K
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, atmospheric ...
Plot: mind game, mystery, life turned upside down, uncover truth, disorder, manipulation, businessman, game, birthday, surveillance, scheme, neo noir ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 705K
Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, captivating, interesting ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, social misfits, time travel, supernatural ability, time loop, hallucinations, teenage life, supernatural, imaginary, society, morality, high school life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: virginia, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 92K
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, surreal, psychological, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: paranoia, dealing with death, hallucinations, mind game, nightmare, delusion, heaven and hell, losing-it hero, haunted by the past, tragic event, suffering, dysfunctional character ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1971
Place: vietnam, new york, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 34K
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: offbeat, psychological, bleak, surreal, disturbing ...
Plot: mental illness, betrayal, haunted by the past, murder, delusion, infidelity, past, mental patient, misfit, identity crisis, deadly, mentally unstable ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, london, east end london, britain, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 71K
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, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: suicide, doctors and patients, suicide attempt, mentally unstable, psychiatrist, student, patient, guilt, mental institution, obsession, unfulfillment, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 8.0
 663K
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, surreal ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, dancer's life, hallucinations, insanity, losing-it hero, mental illness, paranoia, rivalry, parents and children, mentally unstable, showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.4
 1.0M
Memento (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, tense, twist ending, suspense ...
Plot: memory loss, mystery, uncover truth, amnesia, revenge, paranoia, vengeance, haunted by the past, murder, twists & turns, plot twist, mistaken identity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 84K
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, nightmare, nervous breakdown, delusion, fear, insurance, dreams, sanity, insanity, obsession, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1986, year 2011
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 98K
Stoker (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Style: psychological, bleak, gothic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: mysterious character, antisocial behavior, under the surface, family relations, masturbation, family problems, danger, parents and children, estate, youth, disappearance, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 48 hours in the life of a burnt-out paramedic. Once called Father Frank for his efforts to rescue lives, Frank sees the ghosts of those he failed to save around every turn. He has tried everything he can to get fired, calling in sick, delaying ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: redemption, coma, hospital, hallucination, rescue, ambulance, patient, misfit partners, dealing with death, haunted by the past, violence, insomnia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 212K
Identity (2003)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Style: suspenseful, mind bending, psycho film, scary, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, motel, isolation, investigation, psychology, stranded, coincidence, death, psychiatrist, storm, convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: nevada, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 466K
Oldboy (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, twist ending, disturbing ...
Plot: incest, father daughter incest, losing-it hero, vengeance, secret, revenge, loneliness, brother sister incest, sin, mind game, confined, torture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2003, 20th century
Place: korea, asia, manhattan new york city, hong kong, south korea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, mind bending, twists and turns, atmospheric, surprise ending ...
Plot: lesbian, mystery, strong sexual content, death, hollywood, obsession, cowboy, frustration, dreams, mysterious character, dishonesty, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 775K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, tense, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: missing person, police investigation, mystery, disappearance, manipulation, femme fatale, missing wife, investigation, infidelity, protagonist as suspect, mind game, adultery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, missouri, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 35K
The Tenant (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide, and begins to suspect his landlord and neighbors are trying to subtly change him into the last tenant so that he too will kill ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, surreal, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: obsession, suicide, ghost, mental illness, supernatural, mystery, identity, suicide attempt, haunted by the past, danger, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.1
 32K
Bug (2006)
Genre: Drama, 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, serious ...
Plot: paranoia, psychosis, conspiracy theory, obsession, couples, delusion, drugs/alcohol, losing-it hero, isolated place, motel, insanity, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.9
 35K
After.Life (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Following a terrible car crash, a woman (Christina Ricci) awakes to find an enigmatic mortician (Liam Neeson) preparing her for burial.
Style: mind bending, bleak, psychological, offbeat, atmospheric ...
Plot: afterlife, mysterious character, danger, dealing with death, couple relations, life & death, supernatural, mystery, talking to the dead, death, mentor, psychology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 256K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, tense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: insomnia, police investigation, murder, guilt, fbi, police corruption, small town, police detective, investigator, snow, blackmail, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Movie in collections
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Brad (Michael Shannon) has committed murder and barricaded himself inside his house. With the help of his friends and neighbours, the cops piece together the strange tale of how this nice young man arrived at such a dark place; Based on a true ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: murder, obsession, law enforcement, family problems, family relations, delusion, psychopath, mental illness, deadly, parents and children, crimes, police investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, peru, san diego california, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Crossing Guard (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, bleak, intense ...
Plot: murder, obsession, haunted by the past, revenge, redemption, vengeance, tragedy, deadly, rivalry, hopes, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: nebraska, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Single White Female (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Attractive Manhattanite Allison Jones has it all: a handsome beau, a rent-controlled apartment, and a promising career as a fashion designer. When boyfriend Sam proves unfaithful, Allison strikes out on her own but must use the classifieds to seek ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, intense, serious ...
Plot: obsession, violence, mental illness, basement, lookalikes, haunted by the past, psychopath, woman in danger, manipulations, wannabe, manic, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.5
 1.1M
The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, psychological, enigmatic, captivating ...
Plot: rivalry, obsession, uninhibited rivalry, secret, illusion, magical, deception, magic, diary, stage magic, mystery, performer's life ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 20th century, 1890s, victorian era ...
Place: london, europe, england, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.2
 77K
Arlington Road (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Threats from sinister foreign nationals aren't the only thing to fear. Bedraggled college professor Michael Faraday has been vexed (and increasingly paranoid) since his wife's accidental death in a botched FBI operation. But all that takes ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns, bleak ...
Plot: terrorism, paranoia, murder, bomb, terrorist, professor, fbi, uncover truth, danger, conspiracy, deadly, mysterious character ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, washington d.c., west virginia, st. louis missouri, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.0
 9K
Magic Magic (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Chile, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In remote Chile, a vacationing young woman begins to mentally unravel; meanwhile, her friends ignore her claim until it's too late.
Style: scary, tense, serious, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: danger, confined, isolation, mysterious character, losing-it hero, mind game, woman in danger, countryside, insomnia, paranoia, mental illness, schizophrenia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile, latin america, andes mountains, santiago de chile, santiago chile ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.0
 947
Dark Tourist (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: JIM TAHANA doesn't leave much of an impression when he passes you by. But look closer and you'll sense his hunger - the deep hunger of an insatiable American soul - always scanning to devour something - anything that might fill the ...
Style: psychological, serious, mind bending, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, obsession, mystery, crimes, anti heroes, deadly, friendship, violence, childhood trauma, killing spree, transsexual ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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