Movies like Mysterious Skin

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Mysterious Skin (2004)
 7.7
 62K
Mysterious Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: psychological, disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic, rough, captivating, atmospheric, depressing, gloomy ...
Plot: child abuse, sexual abuse, rape, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth, haunted by the past, gays and lesbians, homosexual, gay slur, friendship, coming of age, rebelliousness, tragic event, homosexuality, prostitute, lifestyle, human relationship, obsession, small town, child molestation, prostitution, marijuana, baseball, nightmare ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1991, 1990s, year 1987, year 1983, year 1981
Place: usa, new york, kansas

Most similar movies to Mysterious Skin

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and disturbing films with plots about storytelling, runaway, pornography, dialogue, brutality, death and loneliness mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like Mysterious Skin: My Own Private Idaho (1991), Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), Kids (1995), The War Zone (1999), The White Ribbon (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the ...
Style: surreal, road movie, atmospheric, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, prostitution, gay sex, homosexual, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, sexuality, on the road, alienation, prostitute, fainting, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: idaho, usa, seattle, europe, seattle washington ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After several years of living with a cult, Martha finally escapes and calls her estranged sister, Lucy, for help. Martha finds herself at the quiet Connecticut home Lucy shares with her new husband, Ted, but the memories of what she experienced in ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: hippie, sexual abuse, cult, estrangement, society, siblings relations, in-laws, haunted by the past, nightmare, religions or cults, lake or river, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, connecticut, usa, new york state, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 67K
Kids (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: coming of age, strong sexual content, youth, drugs/alcohol, virginity, social decay, urban ghetto life, first sex, teenage life, innocence lost, puberty, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 9K
The War Zone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
Style: disturbing, bleak, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, father daughter incest, teenager, parents and children, teenage life, family problems, family relations, small town, innocence lost, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, which follows 15-year-old freshman Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider who is taken under the wings of two seniors. A moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, teenage love, teenage life, friendship, first love, high school life, social misfits, shyness, adolescence, friends, coping, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The White Ribbon (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Canada
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Style: epic, disturbing, bleak, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: sexual abuse, child abuse, punishment, physical appearance, death, children, cruelty, search, teacher, doctor, village, humiliation ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, italy, northern germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 48K
Hesher (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, touching ...
Plot: loner, antisocial behavior, stranger, arson, dysfunctional character, depression, death in the family, family problems, rebelliousness, misfit, grief, bully ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 376K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: vengeance, sexual abuse, police investigation, child abuse, murder, vigilantism, childhood, tragic event, loss of child, death in the family, grief, loss of daughter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 51K
Bad Education (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 1960s. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, psychological, disturbing, melancholic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, transsexual, transvestism, child abuse, teacher, priest, dangerous attraction, blackmail, first love, gay, life is a bitch, gender bending ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, 70s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 105K
Irreversible (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring ...
Style: disturbing, tense, bleak, stylized, surreal ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, sexual perversion, violence, sadism, party, vengeance, brutality, revenge, cruelty, woman in danger, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, depressing, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, antisocial behavior, parents and children, haunted by the past, family relations, guilt, violence, family problems, estrangement, mass murder, tragic event, massacre ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, disappears. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, ...
Style: sexy, suspenseful, surreal, cynical, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: missing person, teenage life, coming of age, mystery, under the surface, disappearance, parents and children, dysfunctional family, teenage sexuality, innocence lost, suburbs, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 80s, year 1991
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
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, disturbing, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: investigation, small town, murder, diary, seduction, small town life, haunted by the past, sexual abuse, prostitute, double life, angel, prostitution ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.0
 14K
Affliction (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A small town policeman must investigate a suspicious hunting accident. The investigation and other events result in his slowly disintegrating mentally.
Style: bleak, rough, psychological, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, small town life, dysfunctional family, murder, domestic violence, arson, machismo, halloween, abusive father, snow, sheriff, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.4
 269K
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 159 min.
Story: After Dr. Bill Hartford's wife, Alice, admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. He discovers an underground sexual group and attends one of their meetings -- and quickly ...
Style: sexual, psychological, sexy, surreal, atmospheric ...
Plot: orgy, sexuality, sexual relations, marriage, human nature, sexual obsession, disguise, free love, sexual exploration, dangerous attraction, sexual tension, prostitute ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, medical school, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.6
 174K
Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, bleak, sadistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, courtroom drama, childhood, vengeance, crime, torture, lawyer, haunted by the past, friendship, court, rape, urban ghetto ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, new york yankees, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Girl Next Door (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a quiet suburban town in the summer of 1958, two recently orphaned sisters are placed in the care of their mentally unstable Aunt Ruth. But Ruth's depraved sense of discipline will soon lead to unspeakable acts of abuse and torture that ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, disturbing, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, child abuse, rape, torture, cruelty, sadist, suffering, sister, helplessness, victim, crime, confined ...
Time: 1950s, contemporary
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 39K
Trust (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, sincere, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, innocence lost, investigation, parents and children, family in crisis, youth, teenage life, internet, school, obsession, teenager, suicide attempt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 9K
Manic (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lyle is filled with rage. After badly beating a classmate during a schoolyard fight, Lyle is committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution. Inside the hospital, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents struggling with a ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, talky, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, therapy, wannabe, dysfunctional family, painting, coming of age, addiction, healing power, misfit, self esteem, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Tom at the Farm (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young man travels to an isolated farm for his lover's funeral where he's quickly drawn into a twisted, sexually charged game by his lover's aggressive brother.
Style: psychological, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, hidden identity, countryside, gay relationship, threat, manipulations, family problems, dishonesty, farm, dysfunctional family, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, parents and children, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, coming of age, family in crisis, couple relations, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.
Style: sexual, disturbing, realistic, rough, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, fish out of water, prostitute, homosexuality, homosexual, cowboy, eviction, dancer, gay slur, male bonding, shower, male prostitute ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, texas, usa, manhattan new york city, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.8
 160K
Blue Velvet (1986)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Style: surreal, post modern, art house, dark, enigmatic ...
Plot: small town, amateur detective, mystery, perversion, investigation, neo noir, postmodernism, surrealism, innocence lost, sexual perversion, villain, psychopath ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This is a contemporary fable loosely based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment". Roseanne is outwardly a perfect and popular teen. However, her image is hiding the abuse at her stepfather's hands, and she decides to ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, cynical, clever, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, high school, dysfunctional family, guilt, americana, rape, incest, trial, obsession, parents and children, crimes, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Style: bleak, serious, captivating, intellectual, psychological ...
Plot: poet, friendship, obsession, youth, murder, writer's life, student life, mental illness, fascist, friends, confession, university ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 2005
Place: usa, campus, new york, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 14K
The Dead Girl (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: newspaper, murder, missing person, vandalism, investigation, sexual abuse, therapist, forensics, birthday, hitchhiker, prostitute, fire ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 4.9
 592
Frisk (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A first person narrative of a gay serial killer explores violence, sexuality, and imagination.
Style: gloomy, psychological, disturbing, sexual, serious ...
Plot: bondage, serial killer, crimes, crime, transsexual, innocence lost, gender, murder, prostitute, sexual relations, gays and lesbians, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.6
 868
Firecracker (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A tale of murder in small-town Kansas. When Jimmy is lured away from his abusive family by a traveling sideshow carnival, he encounters Sandra, one of the main attractions. The happiness they find together causes them to confront the darkness in ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: small town, murder, dysfunctional family, mystery, siblings relations, crimes, crime, life is a bitch, parents and children, domestic disturbance, couple relations, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Death and the Maiden (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, captivating, touching ...
Plot: revenge, torture, attempted murder, haunted by the past, vengeance, doctor, humiliation, mind game, human nature, rivalry, price of justice, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: latin america, chile, south america, barcelona, argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.9
 2K
Don McKay (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Everything appears off-kilter when a man returns to his hometown after 25 years to visit his former lover.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, psychological, serious
Plot: haunted by the past, lovers reunited, getting home, life is a bitch, buried truth, uncover truth, fake identity, interracial friendship, small town, childhood home, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, fake illness ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%